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In a message dated 20/09/2006 20:02:51 GMT Daylight Time,  
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Peter, One wonders if it was Valerie's adoration and what Eliot describes  as 
her "coddling" of him that broke through Old Possum's inhibitions to  
intimacy, or whether he simply lost his horror of it as he grew older, or a  combo of 
both. We shall never know! Diana


 
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From: Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Oh dark, dark,  dark.
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 05:39:07 -0700

Sounds like he made a GOOD choice.
P.

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From:  _Diana Manister_ (mailto:[log in to unmask])  
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Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006  7:05 AM
Subject: Re: Oh dark, dark,  dark.


Donald Hall in his essay on Eliot describes meeting him at Faber  some time 
before his marriage as a stooped, slow-moving old man. After he  married 
Valerie, Hall writes that he looked ten years younger, stood  straight and was as 
debonair as a matinee idol.


 
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Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 03:11:08 -0700

Seemd to me to be quite compatible with  Eliot's religious and poetic 
sensibilities.
 
The focus on simplicity is crucial.I think  Eliot was searching
for that child-like simplicity. The joy he  found with Valerie
seems to reflect some success in that  regard. Perhaps Old
Possum's Book of Practical Cats is another  reflection of its being
part of whom Eliot was.
 
Perhaps once the simplicity is apprached,  the poetry weakens or is not
needed..........................




Yes, remember most vividly being very taken-aback [some might say  
'gobsmacked'] when I first encountered 'A Dedication to my Wife' - pure simple  and 
unalloyed joy or what ?
 
Regards
 
David