Part I: Democracy
In the American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of democracy includes the following two precepts: “Government by the people” and “Majority Rule.” According to this definition, neither Robert Penn Warren nor any other American has ever lived in a democracy. Instead, our political system has been expressly designed to override majority rule. The reason why, according to the historian William Hogeland, is that the Founders hated democracy.
Robert Penn Warren and Democracy full post
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T. S. Eliot’s Dialectical Imagination
Jewel Spears Brooker,.
(Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, 2018. 240 pages.)
On the back of its dust jacket, a shower of accolades descends upon Jewel Brooker’s most recent contribution to Eliot scholarship, T. S. Eliot’s Dialectical Imagination. Notably, the encomia come from the finest scholars in the field: “A tour de force for the new era of Eliot scholarship”—Ronald Schuchard; “excels on Eliot’s religious and moral intelligence”—Lyndall Gordon; “a permanent part of the critical canon”—Anthony J. Cuda; “Fresh knowledge and insights abound. . . brilliant readings of Four Quartets”–John Haffenden; “an authoritative, splendidly lucid guide to Eliot’s major poems”—Jahan Ramazani.