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I'd never notice before, but when someone quotes a poem with no context, no
preceding argument to be illustrated by the quoted text, that text ceases to
be a poem and becomes a mostly unintelligible argument about == what?

Those lines from The Dry Salvages are interesting in the context of the
poem. They migh be interesting in the context of an analysis of the poem, or
in rare instances, of some argument being developed that the lines give
point to. But merely by themselves, they are dull and meaningless.

Eliot's poetry deserves better from its readers than such fatuous empty
quotation.

Carrol