I think he was really very cheerful and even fun when he was in Paris--his letters to his cousin are amusing and full of comic drawings. He does not seem to have had the resilience to recover from a combination of his response to marriage and war. He never seemed exactly cheerful after that until he married Valerie--unless you count drinking too much and writing vulgar poems at Hayward's evenings as cheerful. His only positive poem after that despair was "Marina" with its fine images of Casco Bay. Maine must have been a comfort.But there are the cat poems. Cats do evoke fun and amusement.Please say what you think of that cheerlessness. It's an interesting topic. I think it is why, though I have spent a lifetime with his poetry and think it stunning, I go to MacDiarmid and other Scots for passion and emotional range. And fun--read MacDiarmid's "Old Wife in High Spirits in an Edinburgh Pub." (Of course it celebrates drink.)Cheers,NancyOn Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 5:21 PM Peter Dillane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:We were just in passing considering Eliot’s cheerlessness.It is a nice photo of Carrol he seems to have indulged the young person’s affection for Elmo of whom I think he might not have approved.Cheers PeteSent from my iPhone
On 2 Jan 2019, at 8:48 am, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:I had not known about Carrol, and it makes me very sad. Thank you, Peter, for sending that.Peter, I must have said something about sadness that I do not recall, unless you are referring to the review of John Hayward. Was that it?Best,NancyOn Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 4:31 PM Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:Sad news about Carrol.Will be missed.CROn Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 4:17 PM Peter Dillane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:happy new year folks.
just back at the computer Nancy and would like to take up the issue
of Eliot’s sadnesses.- soon
others may have noted Carrol’s passing