Monday, 13 July 2009
MY FAVOURITE BIT FROM THE RECENT BBC TSE DOCUMENTARY
‘All young writers have, very naturally, a tendency to imitate the personal habits of an older author whom they admire. And I think my generation was singularly fortunate in that our hero was Mr Eliot. I don’t think that any of us, so far as I know, took to imitating him to the point of wearing a bowler hat and carrying a tightly-rolled umbrella. But at least he taught us that it is not becoming to look too much like a poet.’ W.H. Auden on T.S. Eliot.
Against which I’d like to place a corresponding adage: ‘it is not becoming to look too much like an indie musician’.