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March 19, 2008

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Bernard Brandt

I believe that C. S. Lewis remarked, perhaps in his "Experiment in Criticism", of the tendency among the literary to engage in fads and fashions. It formerly was the fashion to extol Milton and to denigrate Donne; it is currently the fashion to do the reverse.

It therefore should be unsurprising that recent poets such as Eliot, Auden, and others should be forgotten, especially by those who have abandoned meter, rhyme, or sound literary criticism for fads such as Marxist or feminist eisegeses.

It is my hope that eventually the present fad will pass away, and a more sound appreciation of Eliot will yet come about. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy and to meditate upon "Four Quartets", to recite from memory "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", and to experience on each Yuletide Auden's Christmas Oratorio, "For the Time Being".

Thank you for continuing to rise above the commonplace.

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