October 17, 2004

Authorial intervention

No sooner have I written of my liking for Eliot and his footnotes than I read Alan Garner in the Guardian saying pretty much the opposite about The Waste Land.

He didn't like it as a schoolboy:
I thought it was a con because any poem that needs notes has not been properly worked
and he doesn't much like it now:
Perhaps I'd be a little less dismissive now, but I don't withdraw all of it.
Hmm. Spooky.


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