All posts tagged: Eliot

Posterity and all that.

Recently, I wrote a post about how government bodies tend to view poetry. Indeed, I would say that given funding cuts to poetry and writer’s societies on both sides of the English Channel, the view tends toward jaundiced misunderstanding rather than outright aggression. The image embedded in the piece was that of a woman placing flowers  at Ted Hughes‘  memorial stone in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey. Ted Hughes’ stone was placed in close proximity to that of  T.S Eliot‘s in the Abbey.  Eliot, the banker, the poet, and  editor of Faber and Faber  mentored and supported Hughes. Eliot’s writing was of the monumental type, and clearly directed to posterity, it lacked intimacy. I will admit that my favourite Eliot is his play, Murder in the Cathedral. I have for years tangled with the voices of the women, the chorus. This then is poetic-posterity. These women of Canterbury are doom-sayers, they are the Greek-chorus. They are both ignored and later chided for their melodramatic utterances.  They are however heard and regarded by the martyr Thomas À Becket. They are not in the …

‘ Rare and Interesting Books’ in Westport , Co Mayo.

EDIT : 13/12/2010 : John Hurst died last night . Rest in Peace. As always a visit to John Hurst’s Interesting books shop is a delight, a real treasure-trove, indeed, I have spoken of the shop before now. I thought to add a picture of the frontage (with the suit of armour) and though it cannot be seen in the pic, a foot acts as a door-stop! John has a good range of rare and interesting books that is not tailored to the tourist but to the local population, the writer and miscellaneous visitors, which is refreshing. Lots of contemporary bookshops require desperate rooting time to uncover a jewel but that’s not necessary here. Theres a well-stocked poetics and drama section and the rest of the shop is worth a mooch too. The children’s area is guarded by a carved boar of indeterminate age, complete with bristles and moveable jaw. Books for children are wide in range but always of literary interest, a nice copy of Old Possums Book of Practical Cats was obtained along with a Three …