In a message dated 5/18/03 11:44:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask] writes:

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 . . .