Robert Penn Warren and Democracy

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.

A Review of T.S. Eliot’s Dialectical Imagination by Jewel Spears Brooker

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.