TS Eliot rarely ever wrote a character with whom he did not empathize.
He believed in the fallen state of man from the first.
And any portrayal of a negative trait in his poetry was to him,
presumably, an aspect of his own fallen state.
Thus Sweeney in his poetry was non other than himself.
One might even hazard a view that saw both Burbank and Bleistein as aspects of the poet.
Correspondingly, the pluses and the minuses in ‘Gerontion’ belonged to him.
The proposition is not altogether without a point, I think. Think.