Somewhere (and no I’m not going to spend an hour digging it out) TSE wrote that Poetry is best appreciated in a foreign language that the reader does not understand.  This would appear to suggest that Eliot was all in favor of meaningless poetry.  He also wrote somewhere that metre cannot be avoided in free verse.  I see all this as saying that the rhythms of poetry were very very important to him and that the sound perhaps meant more than the literal meaning.  Although he was a philosopher, and a sanctimonious one to boot,  I don’t see him as a preacher. 


Rick Seddon

Portales, NM


From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Peter Montgomery
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And how do you prove ELiot was worth his salt, esp. when he needed

Pound to do the excisions?


'Twas a tale told by an eliot,

Full of Pound and theory.



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Peter and Carrol, any poet worth his salt would excise meaningless sections of his or her text, not excepting Charles Bernstein. We may not understand the meanings, but that does not mean they are gibberish. Diana

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>> To see _everything_ as meaningful is to destroy all intelligible
> meaning.

The very aim and goal of the so-called movement, post modernism.


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