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 rejoicesIn the lost lilac and the lost sea voicesAnd the weak spirit quickens to rebelFor the bent golden-rod and the lost sea smellQuickens to recoverThe 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.Diana
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Subject: Re: "Raine's sterile thunder"
Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 08:01:20 -0700
Of footprints on the sandsWe 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 VTerry Eagleton's enunciation of what to look for in Eliot's poetrymade me curious to learn if any literary critic had/has interpretedand assessed Eliot's poetry in that light.To me, every single critic of Eliot -- past and present -- hascontributed something (at times substantial) to our understandingand enjoyment of Eliot's poetry -- Craig Raine included. It's easyto fault critics for not having explored it along certain lines -- highlydesirable lines, though. The question remains: Who has done italong these lines? Are there any footprints ??? That's what Imeant by "footprints".In the light of the enlightening quotes that Peter Montgomeryso kindly shares, I believe that TSE remains his own best critic,and among his best ones. He not only opened new doors, he alsoshowed us the way through them.Regards,CR