Clearly not.  If it were obvious, it would be generally agreed on.  It is not.
And the problem is that comparative "greatness" cannot even be
demonstrated--at all.

In any case, I think SOME lyrics by MacDiarmid and SOME poems by
Marianne Moore are far more brilliant than SOME poems by Stevens,
Eliot, et. al.  No one is uniformly just "great."


Date sent:              Wed, 19 Feb 2003 09:16:16 EST
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From:                   Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]>
Subject:                Re: Wallace Stevens; was Mopius Louse)
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In a message dated 2/18/2003 11:59:43 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> Yes, we've all read "The Idea of Order at Key West."  And? So?

The proof is in the pudding, don't you think.