Short Review: The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism

A short review of T.S. Eliot’s The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism:

The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism

Eliot wisely refuses to articulate a theory of poetry. Poetry is not to be defined by its uses, but by the “philosophical mind” that the work of any given poet presents to the reader; and while distinguishing good poetry from bad is hard, distinguishing good minds from bad is less so.

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