The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1352 Thursday, 31 December 1998.
Date: Sunday, 27 Dec 1998 20:35:26 PST
Subject: 9.1335 Re: Titus and the Value of
Comment: Re: SHK 9.1335 Re: Titus and the Value of
>Finally: As an Eliot scholar, I find the poems in INVENTIONS OF A MARCH HARE highly intriguing because the majority of them were interludes excised from THE WASTE LAND by Eliot and Pound. When you think about what the poem COULD have been and compare it to what it has become. Considering the refusal of Eliot's estate to release other documents which would be helpful to Eliot scholarship, we take what we can get.
Then I believe you see my point regarding my previous arguement to
_Titus_. MARCH HARE not only shows what TWL could have been, but shows
a poet struggling through the early stages of his career, tweaking this
and that, getting it "just so." To fully examine TWL as what it could
have been, the definitive addition is available on amazon.com for a
reasonable price, and Santa managed to squeeze it into my stocking a
couple of days ago. I prefer to read MARCH HARE as a character study
into a budding genius-the struggles with Viv, etc. And just like
_Titus_ is a good stage play (as so many have pointed out,) it is also a
good character study into a genius trying to get his work "just so."