Dear Nancy,

Did I really say that? Personality does matter, but not so
overwhelmingly:)) And when one dislikes both the poet and his personality,
you just say one dislikes both. As simple as that.

It seems, TSE's way of life was part of his poetical perception of the
world. You won't be able to write Four Quartets unless you are a highbrow
intellectual and a conservative, at least to an extent:-). And to the same
extent disliking the personality does mean disliking the potry. Although
the personality and the poetry are by no means interchangeable.

To say we are impersonal is just a curious way of asserting that our
personality is more deeply involved: the thought is Cleanth Brooks's if my
memory serves me right.



On Sep 26 2002, Nancy Gish - Women's Studies wrote:

> Dear Temur,
> Quite apart from the issue of what Kate said, why does one need
> to like Eliot's personality to have a passionate interest in his
> poetry?
> Nancy
> On 26 Sep 2002, at 6:10, Temur Kobakhidze <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > On Sep 26 2002, Kate Troy wrote:
> >
> >  > In reality, Tom is mourning the dying class system. Those terrible
> > > middle class persons, especially the American middle class, owning
> > > nice houses and cars and the latest technology, with no respect for
> > > the aristocracy, and the governments of Britain and America now
> > > catering to them in their speeches. And everyone waits in line. He
> > > probably became a British citizen because the class system in Britain
> > > lasted longer and had more influence than in America.
> > >
> > > Poor Tom; he would positive loathe computers, cell phones, rock
> > > music. He would think the Boston Symphony absolutely corrupt for
> > > backing up the Moody Blues in concert; we won't even mention the
> > > Colorado symphony backing up Metallica; however, if he was gay, he
> > > may have happily adjusted in the long run.
> >
> > Dear Kate,
> >
> > I am not quite sure you are fond of TSE's personality, much less of his
> > poetry. What makes you read all these messages, I wonder :-))))))
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > TK