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In a message dated 5/18/03 11:44:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask]
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> But now comes along our legendary man on the street muttering to
> himself and all within hearing, "Why can't these poets just say what
> they mean.

Now, this doesn't make sense.  Instead of writing The Waste Land, should
Eliot siomply have written a brief essay, stating that the modern world is
decaying, that people are suffering from a lack of character, passion,
intellect and that the only way to save it is to . . .