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 pooch.
In a message dated 11/26/2004 12:57:57 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
Joshua Goldstein wrote:
>  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?

Eliot invigorated many intellects for over three-quarters of a century.
That is something.