Eliot wrote a few fine poems, though he himself tried (in effect) to blot out the best of them (TWL) when he sneered at those who thought it expressed the disillusionment of a generation. But his politics, and much of his literary criticism, were small-mineded & mean-spirited. (E.g. see a recent post noting his attitude towards a strike in 1919 or thereabouts.) The breadth (and verbal power) of TWL breathed life, as it were, into those opinions -- e.g. the way in which "finding the stairs unlit" transfigures the preceding episode.
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The Politics of TS Eliot