It's to you, Diana, that I must raise my songs of thanks.
You have often lifted my spirits when they're sagging --
and sometimes they sag long enough ! Your enthusiasm for
what is best in Eliot's poetry is infectious, indeed ! 
It fortifies my faith and joy in Eliot's poetic genius.
I cannot thank you enough, my dear, for your valuable
companionship in this journey of poetic exploration !
The List will kindly excuse this outburst of sentiments.

Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Dear CR: Many thanks for your link to "Nudge-Winking" and for your comments. You always deepen my already-deep love for his works of genius. His gift is stunning. I just re-read "Ash Wednesday" and was awed all over again.
"And the lost heart stiffens and rejoices
In the lost lilac and the lost sea voices
And the weak spirit quickens to rebel
For the bent golden-rod and the lost sea smell
 Quickens to recover
The cry of the quail and the whirling plover."
His end-rhymes are so deft one may not realize on first reading that the poem has a definite rhyme-scheme: aa bb cc. The fact that these images come from his youth in the Gloucester of "The Dry Salvages" makes them even more poignant.

From:  cr mittal <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject:  Re: "Raine's sterile thunder"
Date:  Mon, 7 May 2007 08:01:20 -0700

Of footprints on the sands
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

            ~ Little Gidding V
Terry Eagleton's enunciation of what to look for in Eliot's poetry
made me curious to learn if any literary critic had/has interpreted
and assessed Eliot's poetry in that light.
To me, every single critic of Eliot -- past and present -- has
contributed something (at times substantial) to our understanding
and enjoyment of Eliot's poetry -- Craig Raine included. It's easy
to fault critics for not having explored it along certain lines -- highly
desirable lines, though. The question remains: Who has done it
along these lines? Are there any footprints ??? That's what I
meant by "footprints".
In the light of the enlightening quotes that Peter Montgomery
so kindly shares, I believe that TSE remains his own  best critic,
and among his best ones. He not only opened new doors, he also
showed us the way through them.

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