"By insisting that the poet's actual life can be a valid subject
for poetry, that personality is just as important as craft, Berryman was voicing
the common feelings of his generation.
as he grew more convinced of his artistic path,
his condemnation of Eliotic impersonality grew more strident.
In a 1957 essay, Eliot's theory has been demoted from 'perverse and valuable'
to 'amusing,' and by 1960 it has become 'intolerable.' In 1962 Berryman
turned to sarcasm:
'One thing critics not themselves writers of poetry occasionally forget is that poetry
is composed by actually human beings,
and tracts of it are very closely about them'."
[p. 120 of The Wounded Surgeon by Adam Kirsch].
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