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I am curious about connections between Eliot, Poe and Baudelaire.

Poe obviously had a profound effect on Baudelaire et al.
Eliot's assesment of both, however, seems to ignore that influence
altogether.

In fact Eliot isn't all that friendlyto his southern forebearer.
Cf.the following essay:

http://www.eapoe.org/pstudies/ps1960/p1969204.htm

So what is it that Baudelaire, Valéry and Mallarmé liked so much about Poe?
Could it have been his nterest in creating a work by starting at the end and
working backwards -- the sleuh technique?

Thanks and
Cheers

Peter