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Eliot spent a lot of time studying the Elizabethan writer.  The Elizabethan aka Shakespearean age was a time when languages,  esp. oral,  were converging,  synthesising. This meant goat perceptions were happening on many levels. Cannons were books and guns; permissions and forbiddances. Cf Hamlet's Almighty leveling his cannon gainst self-slaughter. Actors got sides not full scripts which lent itself to much richer first time effects. The lines were alive. Then the homogenization set in with the influence of print & type setting. Only the visual levels were influential, and so a dissociation of visual sensibilities from the others. SA & MITC show how all this was important to Eliot. Unfortunately the E. Martin Browne effect levelled it all down to homogenized Ibsen, an essay on wheels.
Peter