--- Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> When verbatim conversations of actual people and
> events are placed in a
> poem, clearly biography is significant.  Moreover,
> Eliot was in Germany
> when WWI started, listened to tales of trench
> warfare from his
> brother-in-law Maurice, and wrote many many letters
> about the deeply
> disturbing impact of that War and the difficulties
> of the Home Front. 
> All of that plays into the world he sees in TWL.  It
> also connects his
> use of Hesse and his admiration for Hesse to his own
> experience.
> Nancy

"The world HE sees" - exactly, and that does not have
to be (at all!) the world WE (i.e. an interpreter) is
in any way obliged to see. Once again, a writer is
just the first reader (and so the first interpreter)
of his/her own work. Not more.


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