T. S. Eliot | Critical Essay by Desmond Maccarthy

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of T. S. Eliot.
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In The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism I encountered a circumspect sincerity that acted upon me like a challenge: I found I was forced, as I read, to consider afresh what I thought about certain poets and the criteria which at different times have been applied to poetry. (pp. 126-27)

These lectures deal directly with the criticism of poetry and indirectly with poetry itself; their subject is the relation of criticism to poetry.

Mr Eliot points out that the answers to the question, 'What is poetry?' which posits the critical function, have for the most part been answers to other questions, 'What is the use of poetry?' 'What ought poetry to do for us?' He has not attempted to define poetry himself; I think he thinks it undefinable. He has shown (and he has done it with admirable cogency...

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