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Collected Poems, 1909-1962 [Hardcover]

T. S. Eliot
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Sept. 25 1963

There is no more authoritative collection of the poetry that Eliot himself wished to preserve than this volume, published two years before his death in 1965.


Poet, dramatist, critic, and editor, T. S. Eliot was one of the defining figures of twentieth-century poetry. This edition of Collected Poems 1909-1962 includes his verse from Prufrock and Other Observations (1917) to Four Quartets (1943), and includes such literary landmarks as The Waste Land and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.

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Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, and became a British subject in 1927. The acclaimed poet of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, among numerous other poems, prose, and works of drama, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. T.S. Eliot died in 1965 in London, England, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarifying the confusion Oct. 22 1999
Responding to the response to the first review. Kerry Flannery-Reilly was thinking of _The Complete Poems and Plays: 1909-1950_, which is not complete, because it only includes 2 plays and lacks a few of the poems (including "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees," the last _Ariel Poem_ and the beautiful "A Dedication to My Wife" which Russell Kirk highlights as the capstone of _Eliot and His Age_). This volume, _Collected Poems_, contains the complete poems Eliot wrote in his adulthood except for _Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats_ and, of course, the plays (to be found in _Collected Plays_.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eagle Soared to the Summit of Heaven July 4 2004
By Richard
Love him or hate him, you cannot deny his power. All arguments for and against Mr. Eliot can be countered easily and each have in them flaws that are substantial. T. S. Eliot cannot be read like most poets. Like the eastern scriptures he so loved, Eliot will take a lifetime for the reader to digest. Read and re-read. Question and re-read again. I became familiar with his works years ago. I have yet to tire of them. Eliot will grow with you, for his poems are the story of a man always growing and always searching. Discount the fighting that academics have over him. Read him for yourself. Immerse yourself in the spiral of darkness and light that is his poetry and judge for yourself. In the end, no matter what you think, you will not be able to deny his effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Let us go, then, you and I" Sept. 5 2012
The cultural relevance of Thomas Eliot's body of poetry magnifies as we hit the second decade of the Twenty-First Century. Recent wars in the Middle East have commonly centred on quarrels over tradition. Intrusion marked America's political regime throughout the Bush Era--an intrusion centred on economic concerns, and the United States' self-appointed role as "world police." However, these generalizations risk isolating key political issues, for which I lack developed expertise. To make any more would be foolish.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to the Source Sept. 18 2002
By Grady Harp TOP 500 REVIEWER
Every now and then certain turns of phrase or glimpses of landscapes in special light or just buried memories of poetic lines surface and send us back to the source for more. So often that source for this reader is TS Eliot and encountering this wondrous collection of his poems written between 1909 and 1962 reinforces the power of this great man of letters. This collection includes the major poems, those works that impacted our philosophy and our art in ways we are only now beginning to appreciate. From the ever fresh LOVE SONG OF J.ALFRED PRUFROCK "I grow old...I grow old.../I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled" and "We have lingered in the chambers of the sea/By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown/Till human voices wake us, and we drown.") to the great FOUR QUARTETS ("In my beginning is my end"), this poet rattled the universe and simultaneously whispered solace in our ears like few others have done. While my own energies are always looking for the new in poets and in writers, finding that the throne of literature has never been so sought after, I am deeply moved by returning to the masters, the source of it all. This is a fine collection for the Eliot devotees as well as for those who seek to appreciate the great voices of literature. Here are savoury moments in abundance!
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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 paste" poem. I would also love to argue passionately with you about your assessment . . . Eliot's utilization of the scope of not only Western but Eastern literature does not erase his own contribution, but places him firmly in the ranks of the greatest. His own brilliance shines through.
Also, for the purposes of actual review, I have ordered but not yet experienced this book; however, having read most of what's in it, I can say without reservation, this is some of the most profound writing you will ever read. Ash-Wednesday changed my life. Four Quartets showed me how to live it from there.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Free verse is not poetry.
"Let us go then you and I" . . . "April is the cruellest month" . . . These are merely the two most famous examples of Mr. Read more
Published on March 22 2004 by Fan of Fred Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Overrated (but deservedly so)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frisch weht der Wind
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 more
Published on Sept. 3 2001 by "ian_holcomb"
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Stearns
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 more
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4.0 out of 5 stars of The Hollow Men
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Published on Nov. 25 2000 by Orrin C. Judd
5.0 out of 5 stars Prometheus of modern poetry
I became familiar with Eliot's work chronologically, learning something new at each step. "Prufrock" introduced me to modern poetical structure, "The Waste... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2000 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Modernism and Genius
Eliot's mastery of the complicated form and intense imagery of modernist poetry is without comparison. Read more
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