from Eliot, T.S. "Observations." Egoist 5.5 (May,
What we want is to disturb and alarm the public, to upset its
on Shakespeare, Nelson, Wellington, and Sir Isaac Newton, to point
that at any moment the relation of a modern englishman to Shakespeare
be discovered to be that of a modern Greek to Aeschylus. To point
that every generation, every turn of time when the work of four or
men who count has reached middle age, is a crisis. Also that
intelligence of a nation must go on developing, or it will
and that every writer who does not help to develope the language
the extent to which he is read a positive agent of deterioration.
the forces of deterioration are a large crawling mass, and the
of develooment half a dozen men.