Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Resident alien ...

... T.S. Eliot's On-Again, Off-Again Anti-Semitism – Forward.com. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

In July 1919, Eliot wrote to a Bloomsbury hostess: “Remember that I am a metic — a foreigner, and that I want to understand you, and all the background and tradition of you.” In a 1925 review for The Nation, excerpted in Volume II of “Letters,” Eliot observes that modern poetry is an urban phenomenon: “Here too the metic plays a large part; for the metic, like the Jew, can only thoroughly naturalize himself in cities.”

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