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"superficially smartarsed"????

"gratuitously vexatious"????

On 2 July 2012 14:14, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> "deeply pleasurable"????
> P.
>
> David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> Revelatory piece recently published by the UK TS Eliot Society, by Graham
> Fletcher, who is the 59ish year old nephew of Mrs Valerie Eliot.
>
> I had never previously known of this person's existence, but the content
> is most interesting. Fletcher makes much of Eliot's own pronouncements
> concerning the extent to which poetry and the poet ought to reveal the
> personal feelings of the author. Eg, " Poetry .....is not the expression of
> personality, but an escape from personality."(*The Sacred Wood*).
>
> He goes on to describe his quite close childhood interactions with his
> aunt and eminent uncle, presenting Eliot as a kind, fun-loving and fair-
> minded individual, rather than the sterile, dour, antisemitic,or whatever
> the recent speculations primly  accuse him of.  He asserts that Eliot
> cultivated a public image of unapproachability in order to maintain his
> privacy and to separate his own personality from his work.
>
> But at the same time, he argues strenuously that this doesn't matter a jot
> - "the personality of the reader is far more germane to the reading of
> Eliot's poetry than that  of the author" he asserts.
>
> All fascinating stuff, despite the fact that I'm not entirely sure he's
> not rather throwing out the bio with the bathwater.
> The UK Eliot Society are shortly to hold their two-day annual Eliot
> Festival at Little Gidding. I'd urge anyone in a position to go there to
> make a booking via their website - it's a truly worthwhile and
> deeply-pleasurable event, believe me - details of all this year's planned
> happenings on website too.
>
> http://littlegidding.org.uk/files/eliot-festival-2012-flyer.pdf
>