Well, it's an Eliot sighting of a sort, but trods old ground. As is often the case, the comments are much more fun. For example:
Famous vampire writer
Had a cunning ruse
And a line in gossip
Here she said
Are Eliot's undergarments
To wash in public
Sod the poetry
Dis the man."
"Right up at the top of the page it says "How to believe" three times.
Where in this article is it telling anyone how to believe anything?
It's just a mix of gossip and speculation about a famous writer's life.
...does not say anything valuable or interesting about Eliot or his poetry,
but what I would really like to know is how in any way it is telling anyone
"How to believe" or giving advice on how to believe."
It's just journalism, not meant to be thought-provoking, just provoking. Interesting, though, that many readers are more clear-sighted than the article author.
On 4/10/2014 9:35 AM, Rickard A. Parker wrote:
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">At the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/07/ts-eliot-guilt-desire-rebellion-respectability TS Eliot: guilt, desire and rebellion at respectability Eliot's revolt from duty, and Unitarian virtue and philosophy, can, in part, be blamed on a culture of repression and ignorance Roz Kaveney theguardian.com, Monday 7 April 2014 The lead: We are so used to thinking of the glum, austere person that Eliot spent most of his life turning himself into that it sometimes takes an effort of will and imagination to remember that he was once young and deeply confused. Most talented people suffer all their lives from imposter syndrome – the feeling that they cannot really be as gifted as people tell them they are, and as a mixture of self-worth and vanity sometimes tells them they are. Religion – particularly that strain in Christianity that tells us we are all miserable sinners from our birth – is not much help with this, or with a tendency to depression. There was a side of Eliot that felt guilty about being a poet at all, let alone the poet that he became. ...
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