When t.s. Eliot was asked what literary magazines were for, he gave two very different answers at different times in his life.
The great conservative poet t.s. Eliot explained that there are no lost causes, because there are no won causes.
In this context, writing is not as expression of self, but as relief from self (t.s. Eliot, I believe).
“It seemed to me often that we were four, not three,” he later wrote; t.s. Eliot put the lines to use in The Waste Land.
One of the books my mother had ordered was called Murder in the Cathedral by t.s. Eliot.
In the 1950s, the scholar Helen Gardner wrote of t.s. Eliot that the poet “has by now created the taste by which he is enjoyed.”