Yes. Them poem lacks tension and intensity.
I'm sure he enjoyed those lacks.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: David Boyd 
  To: [log in to unmask] 
  Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:19 PM
  Subject: Re: 4QReadings - Of Love

  In a message dated 19/12/2006 21:51:13 GMT Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
    G.S. Fraser in his book, _Ezra Pound_ (Grove press, 1960), in responding
    to one of Pound's poems (Ballad of the Goodly Frere) told an anecdote
    from his childhood. He and his sister would regularly attend movies on
    Saturdays, and when the movie turned out to be so bad that one was
    embarassed for the actors, his sister would begin to chew the tips of
    her gloves. Hence he and she coined the term "glove-sucky" for poems,
    movies, so bad that they were embarassing. Eliot's poem to his wife is
    indeed "glove-sucky"; it is embarassingly bad. Admirers of Eliot can
    only pretend that it didn't happen.


  Methinks this illustrates that which I was attempting to say in the original post: something like that one has to have been there / done that in order completely to understand the concept / emotions. Just am glad that TSE reached that stage/state in his earthly existence !

  Regards David


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