Rick, I found the following statements in the article relevant to an investigation of Eliot's expressiveness:

"What Eliot wanted to do, and he constructed a poetics that would enable him to do it, was to achieve a naked, unqualified expression of social, intellectual, religious, and sexual desperation

"for Eliot his poetry was a way of asserting an intensely personal appetite for suffering, an agonizing fear of sexual appetite, and a shrinking from carnality, along with a desperate need for religious certainty and for civic and social coherence."

Whether this desperation, frustration and hunger for suffering is his own or attributed to his narrators or other characters is irrelevant to the issue of his emotionally expressivity. How does he do it? Aside from the objective correlative, what are the stylistic devices Eliot uses to communicate emotions such as those mentioned in the article? He certainly does not name the emotions, but employs subtle linguistics to suggest them.



From:  "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject:  The Passionate Poet and the Use of Criticism
Date:  Thu, 8 Feb 2007 05:51:27 -0500
CR has just sent us a link to an article on Eliot that I feel is wonderful.
I recommend reading this one.

     Rick Parker

The Virginia Quarterly Review

  The Passionate Poet and the Use of Criticism
  by Louis D. Rubin


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