(Mc Luhan to Jim Davey, March 22, 1971) in 1949 (Vol. They transform, and diffuse and recoalesce the commonest every day occurrences of 20th cent.
Communication took place, he saw, only when these unite in some mysterious, magical, way.
As he repeatedly cited Blake (although usually negatively): “They became what they beheld”.
This expanded edition is annotated with footnotes and includes a biographical note about the author. Eliot is a master of critical exposition.” —The New York Times T.
has been confounding English students and scholars, both the curious and the learned.
It works through meanings, certainly, or not without meanings in the ordinary sense, and fuses the old and obliterated and the trite, the current, and the new and surprising, the most ancient and the most civilized mentality.
Literary criticism from the Nobel Prize winner on subjects from Dante to Dickens. Eliot was one of the twentieth century’s most influential literary critics.
A poem does not say something — it something”, then, that already includes both a composing act and a composed something and understanding the poem means understanding the relation, internal to it, between these. At Cambridge Mc Luhan had encountered the work of Eliot along with that of Pound, Joyce and Lewis.
Now he was working his way through all these figures once again with Kenner, reflecting not only the stimulus of Kenner’s exceptional mind, but also the combined influence of his meeting with Pound in June 1948, his exposure to the cybernetics of Wiener and Deutsch via Sigfried Giedion and his renewed appreciation (seeded already at the University of Manitoba) for communications via Havelock, Innis and Richards.
In his essay “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” an indelible companion to the modernist era, Eliot put to ink his views on the influence of intellectual history on modern writing: The significance of modernism in the annals of literature is now obvious, but to Eliot the canon was an anchor that would keep the avant-garde poetry that we would come to call modernism within respectable limits and help carve its niche in history.
without uncovering a word evoking Dante, Shakespeare, Baudelaire, or another legendary writer.