Poetry to Keats was a sensuous incarnation of ideas. And he would not be
convinced of any truth unless it made its presence
felt in concrete terms.
It should be interesting to observe how this dictum holds water vis-a-vis
the modernist poets. What come to mind on the instant are
The Love Song of J. Alfred
Prufrock by TS Eliot
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens
The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams
In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound
You may accuse me here of the heresy of ascribing value to an Imagist piece.
But, once created, a poem to me is in the reader's domain, and he/she is free to
perceive what truth he/she might.
Well, you may add, if you like, to the brief and tentative list of poems
on this subject. The veracity of Keats'
observation seems to endure.
I'd be interested in exploring such statements as Eliot made from time to time
and see if they stand the test of time as much, any critical opinion to the contrary
Peter, Google brings me to a preview of
Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot
Edited by Frank Kermode
Please go to the CONTENTS and click
from The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism
The quotation in question is at pp. 89-90.
Incidentally, there is an interesting footnote at p.89.
One has to press the Newsletter heading to get to it. Basically a quote from UPUC, section number not given. I got partly through quote and was snapped rudely back to the ToC. Entry costs $10.00/month.
Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]
by Maria Popova http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/09/26/t-s-eliot-on-creativity/