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I was asking if anyone knew the specific lines of poetry by Johnson, which Eliot referred to as good poetry.  Nancy kindly provided the reference "If lines 189-220 of 'The Vanity of Human Wishes' are not poetry," T. S. Eliot commented, "I do not know what is." and I then searched for and posted the lines.  There are numerous discussions here about the meaning of poetry etc re.TSE. what is the meaning of Johnson's lines?  Can this be seen in Eliot's poetry?  An interesting idea since he gave these lines such praise.

Mike
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  From: Peter Montgomery 
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  Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2010 5:25 PM
  Subject: Re: Eliot's opinion


  I'm still confused by your original request.
  Can you clarify a bit more.

  Peter
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    From: mikemail 
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    Sent: Saturday, September 04, 2010 7:23 AM
    Subject: Re: Eliot's opinion


    Thanks David, I had this page it's the specific lines which Eliot actually mentioned I am trying to find. I made a scribbled note but have recently returned to Saudi and I thought it was among my luggage..I live in hope, still searching.

    Mike
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      From: David Boyd 
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      Sent: Saturday, September 04, 2010 5:31 PM
      Subject: Re: Eliot's opinion



      Mike

      Might it be

      http://www.victorianweb.org/previctorian/johnson/vanity1.html



       
      (various online texts of the poem are around, too.)

      regards

      David

      On 4 September 2010 14:10, mikemail <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

        I recently came across a copy of A Poem and a Vanity of Human Wishes by Johnson.  The introductory essay by TS Eliot 1930.  Can someone direct me to the lines which Eliot considered an example of good poetry -the best ever written - I have lost the reference which I took from the book.

        Mike