Tuesday, January 08, 2013

News at Eleven: [T.S. Eliot] is equally definite, and often

very funny too, on literary questions. "One always loses money by publishing books which concern only those readers who like to think," he observes, apparently mildly.

To one of the younger poets imitating his own work (all dealt with gently), whom he found lacking in rhythm, he writes: "I don't know whether it could be any use to you, but I have found myself that it is a great assistance to me to correct my verses by reciting them aloud to myself with the accompaniment of a small drum."

from London Evening Standard: Eliot at 40, puzzling over poetry, parrots and people


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