I didn't say anything about any other writers Nancy. Why bring them in when it is so obvious that many writers were/are/will be polyglots.
It would be nice if we could focus on what Eliot's linguistic background did for his poetry besides the very obvious use of words and lines from other languages. It would be a way of actually being on topic!
Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
That facility and through that facility getting at the essence of things.
Thus, for instance, not merely learning Sanskrit but through it
getting at the heart of ancient Indian wisdom.
The marvel ceases not.
|Mark Twain once said, "My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English (barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years."|
Eliot seems to have learned them all, all at once, not to mention Latin and Sanskrit.
I don't recall our having discussed Eliot's facility with language, which it seems to me to have been quite phenomenal and one of the things that makes his work so incredibly attractive. I know it is gauche on this list to say nice things about Eliot, but there it is. I've done it and I'm very glad.