Which point? I don't read the early poetry that way either, but neither do many many "critics," whoever these unthinking masses may be.
Nancy>>> Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>07/05/13 4:24 PM >>>
That's precisely the view I've attempted to repudiate in my book, Schlanger.
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I do not read the early poetry as a "desperate spiritual quest." I hear a very controlled albeit less spiritually experienced poet defining the parameters of the modern quest. Not desperation, not a "constant personal struggle of the poet with his inner demons."
Perhaps more attention should be paid to the public meaning of the words; despite Yeats' lyricism, critics seem incapable if separating the dancer from the dance.
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"....his conversion to Catholicism."
I hope not too pedantic to observe that this is not so. It was High Church Anglicanism to which Eliot converted, and there's a fundamental difference, mainly relating to that fellow in the Vatican, to whom Eliot was polite but not exactly reverential.
Barry Spurr's recent book explains at length.
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