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'If_ the
> banality of such a
> contrast/conflict is at the heart of Eliot's poems,
> that constitutes an
> almost crippling limitation rather than a strength'

I am surprised that Caroll would make a statement as
that ! 

--- Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Whether or not a contrast and/or conflict of
> spirituality and sexuality
> is the or a motor powering Eliot's poetry I do not
> know; my close
> reading of Eliot is nearly 50 years in the past, and
> while I have
> periodically reread Gerontion and 4Q since then, I
> have read no
> criticism later than Kenner's (1959?) book -- and
> now, recently, the
> essays in the Laity & Gish collection. 
> 
> But I would say this with some certainty. _If_ the
> banality of such a
> contrast/conflict is at the heart of Eliot's poems,
> that constitutes an
> almost crippling limitation rather than a strength
> -- reducing his work
> to nothing much more than a complicated repetition
> of the legendary
> sexual advice to the Victorian Matron, Close your
> eyes and think of
> England. Much ado about little.
> 
> But I hope the poetry to which I gave so much
> attention in the late '50s
> is a bit more sturdy than that.
> 
> Carrol
> 


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