Just recalling when I was fortunate enough, in Summer 2010, to be able to attend a talk by Prof Brooker, where she compared Wordsworth's themes etc with Eliot
And, I have to agree with the view of a (more minor) poetic contemporary of Eliot, that Wordsworth produced some of the finest poetry in the English language, but a lot of pretty poor stuff too - far more profligate / garrulous than Eliot !
On 7 November 2011 02:57, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
A Review of
T. S. Eliot: The Contemporary Reviews
Jewel Spears Brooker, ed.
Cambridge University Press, 2004
By Bernard Brugière
"Another recurrent debate concerns the hiatus between the early (up to Ash-Wedneday) and the later poetry presumably underlain by the transformation of the author of "Prufrock", "The Hippopotamus" and The Waste Land into a renegade, whose diasavowal of agnosticism was comparable with Wordsworth’s abandonment of his youthful revolutionary principles. Yet the more perceptive reviewers sensed that Eliot’s conversion to Christianity entailed no dramatic reversal of his earlier beliefs and noted that "the surface discontinuity concealed a deeper continuity" (XXVI)."
a nodding acquaintance -- just in case