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Eliot, whose poems, plays and literary criticism reverberate throughout twentieth-century discussions of the relationships between art and ideology. His work and that ofa group ofSouthern critics and writers that includedJohn Crowe Ransom, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks will serve to exemplify a tradition that was often seen as the opposing tendency to both Marxism and Liberalism. 1 The rate and scale of ideological change has seemed more abrupt and dramatic among writers and critics such as Dwight Macdonald and Irving Kristol who have journeyed from communism, through Trotskyism and anti-communist liberalism to their present ideological positions.

As has been described, the main advocate of a clear distinction being drawn between the world of poetic 'pseudo-statements' and the world of scientific and 'verifiable hypotheses' was I. A. Richards. In Richards' formulation, poetry explores and sustains a whole complex of linguistic and moral possibilities. Science, however, is governed by reductive principles that demand logical denouements to arguments or enquiries, a linear process which excludes so me avenues and options. THERN AGRARIANISM TO CRITICISM, INe.

The recovery and description ofthis rich universe is the work ofpoets who 'are constantly creating little local myths, in their rebellion against the destructive terms of a routine presentation. "The waves outdid themselves in glee". They did not actually. It is simply a way of saying to the reader, "look very hard - did you ever see waves laughing - try then for yourself' , (GWT, p. 68). Memory becomes a crucial faculty in this process: The myth-maker is a desperate man, for he has a memory. He remembers the remarkable individual in the richness ofhis private existence.

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