I have so far examined the way in which the Baudelairean paradigm of the poet as dandy is variously released by Eliot, Auden and Lowell. What I now want to do is to look at their work from a different perspective, by considering the political meanings which their work generates and investigating how far this affects the kind of creativity they are permitted, in order to achieve a deeper understanding not merely of the virtues of the tradition within which they operate but also of its weaknesses. We shall take two points of reference, the work of Hannah Arendt and Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.
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