Eliot said similar things in his essay of Yeats and, I assume,
elsewhere. I don't see that this is very close to the one you sent first
except in its general idea--not the words. It was an idea not just in
this point about Shakespeare.

>>> Rickard Parker 07/19/12 6:14 PM >>> 
In my original message I sent a paragraph that appeared to create 
an Eliot quotation. It was: 

Josephine agreed with T S Eliot that we understand the poet’s 
work better if we understand something of the poet’s life. As 
Eliot said: "The poet always writes out of his personal life; 
in his finest work out of its tragedy, whatever it may be, 
remorse, lost love or loneliness." 

There is this real quotation however: 

Shakespeare, too, was occupied with the struggle--which 

alone constitutes life for the poet--to transmute his personal 

and private agonies into something rich and strange, something 
universal and impersonal. The rage of Dante against Florence, 
or Pistoia, or what not, the deep surge of Shakespeare's general 
cynicism and disillusionment, are merely gigantic attempts to 
metamorpose private failures and disappointments. The great poet, 
in writing himself, writes his time. 

T.S. Eliot, Selected Essays 1917-1932 

Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca 

p. 117 

Rick Parker