Be careful Ken. You might get an ofally distorted picture of the problem. P.

Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


On 7/13/2012 2:01 PM, John Angell Grant wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">Kenneth Koch's commentary on Eliot:

"Eliot of the baleful influence.  Is Eliot a great poet? (no one knows)...."

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/237636

  The problem seems to be that all those poets (Eliot's not the only baleful influence) of the first half of the 20th Cent were so damn good that young poets were traumatized. Kenneth Koch on young poets:

"The young poets from the universities are staring anxiously at the skies,
Oh they are remembering their days on the campus when they looked up to watch birds excrete,
They are remembering the days they spent making their elegant poems."

Mmm Hmm. I think I see the problem.


  Ken A