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Collected Poems, 1909-1962 Hardcover – Sep 25 1963
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Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.
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T.S. Eliot's poems ferreted out the big issues in very specific ways. Human war, politically and romantically, dominates his earlier work, famous for its bleak look at individuals leading half-lives. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "Gerontion" highlight situations of paralysis by investigating two personae. Prufrock is a man overcome by himself, but believes society is to blame. Gerontion is an elderly man who faces emotional sterility against a pattern of human war, and history. Each case shows two self-imposed exiles--Prufrock and Gerontion have allowed indecision to overcome them. However, Eliot situates these speakers against society and all its attendant difficulties. After hearing Prufrock lament that "there will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet," it's hard not to notice Eliot's contextual view of individuals in their environment. Love involves risk, and risk causes fear. Reflection cripples love if left unchecked. Ultimately, the memory of what was and the desire for what may be escalates the crisis Prufrock faces. Failed integration seems to plague these dramatic monologues, both on a psychological and social level.
But what I end up loving Eliot for is his dogged love of life.Read more ›
THE LOVESONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFOCK
This poem is a beauty. The language is so fluent that it flows lightly and evenly between our ears and its music is perfect and delightful. The images build up a crown or a wreath, according to tastes, life and death mixing equally with love and gloat. Deeply shakespearian by its syntax it is pure Chopin by its music, both rhythm and notes.
THE WASTE LAND
One of T.S. Eliot's bestknown poems. What I am feeling is more an impression than a meaning. The world is old, like coming to its end, decaying. The poet sees and only sees. It is soundless and yet it is music. He brings together all sorts of recollections, experiences and small vignettes of the world, and a whole array of references to all kinds of cultures to show how the past is foregone and the future is not there. There remains only the thunder that speaks unaudible sounds of farewell on a road we cannot even see, nor follow as for that.
THE HOLLOW MEN
It is the end of the world, and this is nothing but a whimper because men are hollow. They do not contain anything. They are ghosts of history, so that history itself is a ghost and the world has no future. This poem is extremely and astoundingly modern indeed. NO FUTURE.
This poetry is entirely dedicated to death, but also to the time between birth and death, a time of turning, a time that is felt like flying, going, flowing but there is no word, no world able to whirl any sound. Men are like living deads, already dead and moving towards death with no hope, except maybe the hope of God, but God is silent, so there is the only consolation of the Lady who is also silent and comes only after death to stare more than anything else.Read more ›
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"Let us go then you and I" . . . "April is the cruellest month" . . . These are merely the two most famous examples of Mr. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by samantha
The most discussed, frequently invoked 20th-century poet in both American as well as British literature academic arenas (the advantage of a St. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2002 by Samuel Chell
T.S.Eliot Collected Poems are beyond any words of a common person like me.Published on Nov. 5 2002 by Maria H. R. Souza
I'm writing a paper on T. S. Eliot's use of quotation in The Waste Land, and I would love to quote your review as one possible viewpoint on the finished product of a "cut and... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2002
I'll quote from Prufrock 'til I'm a pair of ragged claws. T.S. Eliot wrote the best poem in the English language and he also wrote the best 4 lines in the German language. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2001
Even if you don't like Eliot's poetry, chances are that he quotes some lines from a poet you like. Eliot copies and pastes other people's writings to equate himself with them. Read morePublished on July 25 2001 by Customer
The Hollow Men (1927)(T.S. [Thomas Stearns] Eliot 1888-1965)
Did T.S. Eliot have a sense of humor? I don't know; but, I sure as heck hope so. Read more
I became familiar with Eliot's work chronologically, learning something new at each step. "Prufrock" introduced me to modern poetical structure, "The Waste... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2000 by Christopher Culver
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