[lit-ideas] Voices of a Generation

  • From: Andy Amago <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 08:54:24 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

Seems it's not just Dylan who didn't love being the voice of a generation.  
From yesterday's Today in Literature:

Even before book publication Eliot said that he had grown beyond The Waste 
Land; when everyone began calling it and him the voice of a generation, or of 
the Age, he began to regard the poem as an albatross. But running from the 
label and the attention was to no avail, and as the poem and the poet were 
placed on an ever-higher pedestal, so each became a larger target for gossip 
and parody.

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