Nathan, Eliot has been an influence on contemporary language-centered poetry, although not so much as
Pound or Williams or Stein. In his use of found speech fragments in The Waste Land he created polyphony
or multiplicity of voices that goes beyond the univocal Romantic lyric in a manner that can be called Post-
modern. He also foregrounded individual words and phrases to a greater extent than earlier poetry did.
His poetry provides new models for poets searching for alternatives to forms of narrative and lyric associated with
Romanticism. He may be a dead white guy, but his ghost still haunts poetry!

> Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 10:32:08 -0400
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> Subject: Re: Query: Eliot in Pop Culture
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> Um, though - he's not any more "relevant" now than when he first wrote or in the 1960s or any other time, in a way differs from poetry in general. LOL.
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> Correction/ amendment:
> Iím not attempting to prove Eliot any more relevant to modern culture than he was in his own time, but rather that he does not fit into the "old-dead-whit-guy" category that seems to have been applied to him. Thatís probably not an opinion held by anyone on this list, but it is fairly common place among high school students and teachers. Applying "relevance" in this case is not intended to prove him more significant than at his zenith, but to work upwards from a diminished conception.
> Also, it was the Crash Test Dummies song that got me started on the pop culture reference thing. I heard it on NPR one day about 3 years ago. Wikipedia has on their T. S. Eliot page a fairly extensive list of references in songs and other mediaÖ though some are quite shakyÖ the ones Iíve been getting back today are much more concrete.
> -NAthan

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