DEBATING WITH DIFFICULTY

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Some current critical debates are as relevant to students of literature as they are controversial with ‘theorists’ and scholars. Whether intellectual and/or poetic ‘difficulty’ is a necessary or sufficient condition of literary merit is one of these controversial issues.T.S. Eliot remarked that: ‘Poets in our civilization, as it exists at present, must be difficult.’ Must they?

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John E Marks

John E Marks

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I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can