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Ben Jonson: A Collection of Critical Essays
With the important exception of his , Eliot directed much of his creative energies after to writing , mostly comedies or plays with redemptive endings. He was long a critic and admirer of and verse drama; witness his allusions to , , and in . In a 1933 lecture he said: "Every poet would like, I fancy, to be able to think that he had some direct social utility. ... He would like to be something of a popular entertainer, and be able to think his own thoughts behind a tragic or a comic mask. He would like to convey the pleasures of poetry, not only to a larger audience, but to larger groups of people collectively; and the theatre is the best place in which to do it."
Ben Jonson: A Collection of Critical Essays.
Also important to New Criticism was the idea — as articulated in Eliot’s essay "” — of an “,” which posits a connection among the words of the text and events, states of mind, and experiences. This notion concedes that a poem means what it says, but suggests that there can be a non-subjective judgment based on different readers’ different — but perhaps corollary — interpretations of a work.