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Dear Andy,

    Try 'Marina', or even all the Ariel poems. 'Five Finger Exercises' ,
too.

    By the way, on your title: at work I heard it said, that to some the
glass is half-empty; to others the glass is half-full; to the engineer, the
glass is twice as big as it needs to be. I reckon Eliot was the engineer.
    He is not a poet of joy, but of other and equally important experiences
and emotions.

Yours, Jennifer
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Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 5:49 PM
Subject: Was his glass always half empty?


> Hello everyone,
>
> After concentrating my reading on Eliot the last several weeks with less
then
> an adequate amount of prior knowledge on the man to be sure, the general
theme
> of his work has become apparent.
>
> Was the fear and the questioning of morality his only basic theme.
Granted,
> the man is able to darken any clear sky with his power of thought
manipulation
> (sorry, slightly dramatic)-- but after diving into "Sweeney Agonistes",
> "Sweeney Among the Nightingales", "The Hollow Man", "The Wasteland" (of
> course), "Ash Wednesday", and many of his other dramas and poems (with the
> exception of his motivational experiments in the luanguage of love).  OK,
> Prufrock and Portrait dealt with paranio and the skepticism of love, but
> surely cannot be considered comedy relief.
>
> Surely I man of such abstract thought, a man with such an emmotional
spectrum,
> must have had more to say then what the bulk of his work shows us.  All
> right... I don't see his heart dancing with the daffodils, but what
brought
> this man joy, and where, if anywhere, does this joy show up in his large
> volumes of work?
>
>                                              Your humble apprentice,
>                                                       Andy
>