Tuesday, April 23, 2013

News at Eleven: It hints at a side of her

[Margaret Thatcher's] character which was seldom revealed in public, though one might add that the Eliot lines accord well with the seriousness of the address she gave to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, an address which was widely, and indeed wilfully, misinterpreted by many, but in truth offered evidence of how well she knew the Bible, and how deeply she had pondered her Christian faith. Nevertheless one wouldn't have guessed that Eliot was a favourite poet, though, if told this was the case, one would certainly have plumped for the Eliot of The Four Quartets rather than the Eliot of The Waste Land. or The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, the defeatism of which would surely have provoked the Lady's scorn.

from The Telegraph: 'The female of the species is more deadly than the male': the poem that should have been read at Thatcher's funeral


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