A Short Note on Brian Coffey & TS Eliot

In my contribution to Other Edens: The Life and Work of Brian Coffey I pointed out the evident influence of TS Eliot on Brian’s early poems that were published in The National Student in the late 1920s and 1930. Interesting to see that Eliot shared my view: it seems that Brian submitted ‘Wednesday Morning’ to the Criterion which Eliot rejected in a letter dated  9 September 1930, with the comment that although he was interested in the poem, ‘here and there it reminds me of myself’. Coffey went on to review for the Criterion and had a poem, ‘Plain Speech for Two’, published in it in 1938.


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