Carrol, I never wrote that. Diana > > Diana Manister wrote: > > > > If we assume that Eliot was referring to his own earlier poems as > > NOT having this 'defect', perhaps "The Waste Land" can be said to gain > > its power from "acute personal reminiscence, never to be explicated"." > > Consider: many of the most powerful passages in the poetry of Pope > revolve around images of consstipation. Now it's perfectly possible that > Pope had trouble with his bowel ovements, and for this reason imagery of > constipation had real pressur for him. But it would not add one bit to > the meaning of those passages if (a) this were true and (b) we knew of > it. So Eliot's "never to be explicated" is not only a matter (for him) > of preserving privacy, it is an important warning to readers that they > will only confuse themselves and misread the poem if they dig up those > personal experiences. > > Of course we know that one of the passages is almost a literal > transcription of an event (My nerves are bad tonight ect), but I'm not > sure what that knowledge adds to the poem. > > Carrol
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