Eliot's rather repellant racism is more or less a given. Few if any U.S. poets aren't stained by it.
Read up on the 1919 St. Louis Massacres.
From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ken Armstrong
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Subject: Re: T.S. Eliot really liked, etc.
Regarding the language of the Brer Rabbit/Possum correspondence, I think what can get lost or underplayed in the scholarly apparatus is the x factor that Auden highlighted when he said that a poet is someone who likes to see words playing together. Kind of a joie de vivre thing.
On Oct 11, 2015 5:21 PM, "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Oct 2015 12:09:30 -0700, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >Still not quite there. Lots of animals feign inactivity. Why choose this one in particular?
> This one is a character in the Uncle Remus stories (Brer Possum). Pound may have liked the characters and accents and wanted to play with them. You're on the Pound list. Ask them.