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Some time ago I was inpressed by a critique Karl Shapiro wrote of the poems and the influence of T. S. Eliot. Perhaps I was pleased by what he said since it conformed so thoroughly to my own prejudices. I have long held the heretical view that despite certain notable exceptions Eliot's poems were vastly over-rated, for he had suffered the morbid effects of that occupational hazard of expatriots, becoming an expert at a distance and, reversing the order of nature, becoming mellow before ripening. Anyhow, I expressed to Karl Shapiro my pleasure at his work. He sent me a copy of his first collection of essays entitled "In Defense of Ignorance." This book is full of all kinds of choice bits which I believe any intelligent adult could get much pleasure from whether he has any feelings about poetry or not. Of course, it would be better if he
Bean WB. In Defense of Ignorance. Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(5):746–747. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820050158031
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