I was telling someone today that people hardly read novels anymore, never
mind poetry. As for Eliot, I cannot see The Waste Land or Four Quartets
every being just written off, but I believe that Stevens will end up as top
In a message dated 11/26/2004 12:57:57 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
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> This is the second time in just two
weeks that I have been made aware that Eliot is not important now as he should
still be, and forever be.
Forever is a long time. Consider the
poets who belonged to pre-literate
societies and whose works died with
their voice or with the language of
the tribe. Someplace in Pound -- "Wave
falls / And the hand falls" (?)
How many today (other than specialist
scholars) read Pindar, Cavalcante,
Villon, or Chaucer?
invigorated many intellects for over three-quarters of a century.