Rickard Parker wrote: > I see the Fisher King and the questor both as the poem's poetic self. > Since I see TWL as a personal poem that means Eliot. But I don't see > much of the questor actually in the poem. He faced some personal > problems that could be considered a wounding and he had to cope with > them. The writing of TWL itself was one way of doing that. It > certainly was a deluge of writing after what he must have considered a > > drought. And in the writing he had to face himself, a kind of asking > a > question. > If what you say is true -- that the writing of the poem was a coping strategy for the wounded poet -- in what ways does your insight matter to the reading of the poem? I don't mean in what ways was Eliot affected by his own life, but in what ways do readers benefit from knowing the facts of his life? M.