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I don't think this is the exact passage you are looking for, but Eliot said
similar things in various places.

"Dissonance, even cacophony, has its place:  just as, in a poem of any
length, there must be transitions between passages of greater and less
intensity, to give a rhythm of fluctuating emotion essential to the musical
structure of the whole; and the passages of less intensity will be, in
relation to the level on which the total poem operates, prosaic--so that, in
the sense implied by that context, it may be said that no poet can write a
poem of amplitude unless he is a master of the prosaic."

----from "The Music of Poetry"

Nancy



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From:                   Pietros Maneos <[log in to unmask]>
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Does anyone recall the essay where Eliot says something to the effect of,
'poetry has as much to learn from prose as from other poetry?'


-Peter