Sunday, August 11, 2013

See, this kind of stuff is what drives me crazy about T. S. Eliot. Such snobbery. Ugh.
from A Preface to Paradise Lost by C. S. Lewis 
A recent remark of Mr. Eliot's poses for us at the outset the fundamental question whether we (mere critics) have any right to talk about Milton at all. Mr. Eliot says bluntly and frankly that the best contemporary practising poets are the only "jury of judgement" whose verdict on his own views of Paradise Lost he will accept. And Mr. Eliot is here simply rendering explicit a notion that has become increasingly prevalent for about a hundred years--the notion that poets are the only judges of poetry.

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