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I'm so sorry, Peter, it took me a while to unravel the mystery of your astute allusion to Henry James' Figure in the Carpet vis-a-vis Drew's The Design of [Eliot's] poetry. Both are about decoding the mystery of a design! 

Thanks,
  CR


From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 8:19 AM
Subject: Re: A design for Eliot's poetry

Peter, you seem to be mixing Henry James' short story 'The Figure in the Carpet' and 'T. S. Eliot: The Pattern in the Carpet' by Elisabeth Schneider. Happens.

An interesting remark by Eliot in his essay on Kipling: "We look, in a poet as well as in a novelist, for what Henry James called the Figure in the Carpet." 

CR


From: P <[log in to unmask]>;
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Subject: Re: A design for Eliot's poetry
Sent: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 7:27:18 PM

And so you should. My foolish cleverness was an attempt to bring Henry James' "design in the carpet" into play. I have Drew's book and have found it a useful reference. She was up against some pretty stiff competition amongst her contemporaries. I think they wound up getting the lion's share of the competition.
Peter M.

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Incidentally, Google helps refresh my memory of TS Eliot: The Design of his Poetry by way of a 
review published in the Catholic Herald in 1950:

http://archive.catholicherald.co.uk/article/10th-november-1950/6/mr-eliot-disciplines-his-dreams 

I still cherish Drew's insights. 

CR


From: P <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 2, 2012 8:23 AM
Subject: Re: A design for Eliot's poetry

I know Eliz. She's a cousin of Nancy.;->. I sense the influence of one of the James brothers - a sort of literary carpet bagger. ;-> P.

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

:)

The pun, I suppose, was more evident in Elizabeth Drew's "The Design of Eliot's Poetry"!

CR


From: P <[log in to unmask]>;
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Sent: Mon, Jul 2, 2012 7:39:54 AM

Is there a hint of a pun in your title, given that Eliot, Pound, Picasso &c were working to get passed, or even transcend perspective?

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

a moment of epiphany, almost

It was back in 2000. I sat in an internet cafe typing out a letter to accompany the hard copy of my manuscript titled 'Eliot's Early Poetry in Perspective' to the publisher. The only thing lacking was a design for the front cover. Before I got up, however, I gave a side-glance to the computer at my neighboring table. And lo, there it was, a design created by a young guy who appeared to be a sophomore. I requested him to let me have a look at it. I was wholly intrigued. It seemed to be an emblem of the vital's ascension to the spiritual. There was a white square at its heart and a whiteness that surroundeded it which said, "The river is within us, the sea is all about us". 

http://books.google.com/books/about/Eliot_s_Early_Poetry_in_Perspective.html?id=uKXwG_4wmSQC 

CR