T. S. Eliot

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T. S. Eliot
“La Figlia che Piange”

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(Sri Aurobindo to Nirodbaran:) “Eliot is undoubtedly a poet. Why the devil does he go in for modernism when he can write such fine stuff as “La Figlia che Piange”? When he plunges into irregularity he makes a mess by lack of rhythm.”[1]


T. S. Eliot
“The Hippopotamus”

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(Purani:) “Nolini was saying that he found this book of modern poetry very difficult to understand. How many people will read it?

(Sri Aurobindo:) (smiling) Not worth reading. I have read Eliot's “Hippopotamus”; it is amusing. Nowadays one reads poetry not to enjoy oneself or for pleasure, but as a duty or a task. All that these Moderns are doing is to take the most commonplace ideas and try to express them in poetry. Whatever is beautiful is to them romantic and whatever is grand is rhetoric. You should take only commonplace, mean things, express them in mean, dirty language, with very little or no rhythm — that is the recipe for modern poetry.

The same thing is happening in art.

It is an age of decadence like Roman decadence, only in a different way. That took a thousand years to start. Now also it may take a thousand years. Hitler's threatened millennium of the New Order will be like this, probably.”[2]




  1. Talks with Sri Aurobindo, p.246, 26 October 1939
  2. Talks with Sri Aurobindo (Vol. 2), p.819, 27 July 1940


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