(Counter him with Yeats or Pound, who, arising from the same milieu, opted to support Hitler and Mussolini.)

from President Barack Obama – Analysis of "The Waste Land" on Rap Genius


True, although it could be argued that Obama is being too generous to Eliot here. Though he never openly supported fascism, Eliot did sympathize with the pervasive anti-Semitism that helped bring fascist dictators to power in Europe. Notoriously, this anti-Semitism finds its way into such poems as “Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar,” as well as the book/lecture series After Strange Gods. After WWII he quietly distanced himself from his earlier prejudice.

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