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"Rickard A. Parker" wrote:
>
> Let's be fair to Spender too.  He wrote that Eliot was not helpful in
> explaining his poetry.  He didn't indicate whether he wanted Eliot to
> be helpful or not.

Off hand, I can't think of _any_ major writer, painter, composer who was
ever very helpful in explaining his/her work. Why should a poet be
helpful? One might even remark, how _could_ a poet be helpful? As Frye
remarked of Wordsworth's Preface to Lyrical Ballads, it's worth at most
a B+ as an essay on Wordsworth's poetry.

CArrol