Vishvesh Obla wrote: >I was curious myself to see what Leavis made a note >of. I have a copy of Revaluation and here it is : >(Leavis is commenting on 'Elegy to the Memory of an >Unfortunate lady') > > >'I remember to have heard, incredulously, a theory, >purporting to come from a critic of high repute, that >is worth mentioning becausue it calls attention to >certain essential characteristics of the poem. The >theory was that Pope opened in all solemnity, but >finding it impossible to continue in so high-flown a >strain without smiling at himself (he had, after all, >a sense of humour), slipped in a qualifying element of >burlesque and achieved a subtle total effect to that >of Prufrock. The evidence? Well, for example this : > >As into air the purer spirits flow, >And sep'rate from teheir kindred dregs below; >So flew the soul to its congenial place, >Nor left one virtue to redeem her Race. ' > >- vishvesh > > > > > Thank you.