Louis, Missouri  to establish a Unitarian Christian church there. His mother, Charlotte Champe Stearns —wrote poetry and was a social workera new profession in the early 20th century.
Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. Eliot was born in St. Louis, graduated at Harvard, and studied at the Sorbonne and at Oxford.
He has been a teacher, a bank clerk, an editor, and a publisher. He settled in England inbeing then twenty-six, and in became a British subject. He has written a considerable amount of prose, but his prose is not particularly distinguished. It is not always lucid. He has not often given his essays form, and with one notable exception, the Dante, they give the impression of obiter dicta, drawn out to some length, rather than of accomplished works of art.
But he is certainly the most important poet now writing. He has had a marked influence on modern poetry both in England and America.
Auden, Stephen Spender, and Day-Lewis, some of whose verses you will have read earlier in this volume, have been notably affected by it. I look upon myself as very fortunate in that I have been able to give here three of his finest poems.
One should always accept what a writer says about the art he practices with reservation, for his remarks are apt to be colored by his own practice. We none of us write as we would like to: It is very natural to make your limitations the cornerstone of your art and because you can only write in such and such a way to decide that that is the best way of writing.
But there is one point that Eliot makes over and over again, and that is one with which I heartily agree. He claims that poetry should be an enjoyment to read. But there are many kinds of poetry, and the sort of enjoyment you get from one kind is different from that which you get from another.
You must not ask from a poet something that he does not attempt to give you. I have a notion that there is a poetry that appeals rather to the head than to the heart, the poetry of Dryden, for instance, and a poetry that appeals to the heart rather than to the head, Verlaine, say; and I have no doubt that the greatest poetry of all appeals to both, and here, I suppose, the classic example would be the great speeches that Shakespeare put into the mouths of Hamlet and Othello.
But to my mind there is another sort of poetry, one that appeals to what, knowing no other word to express what I mean, I must call the subconscious.
There is a poetry that gives you the same sort of thrill, a strange primeval feeling, that you get when on a river in Borneo you hear the drums beating in a distant village, when you walk alone in those silent stealthy woods of South Carolina, or when in the jungle of Indo-China you come upon those vast, those colossal heads of Brahma that form the towers of a ruined temple.
It is just that feeling I get when I read the poems, the later poems of T. I do not pretend I altogether understand them, though each time I read them I think I understand them better, but that is the emotion I get from them, a peculiar thrill, an anxious animal excitement that I find in the work of no other poet.T.
S. Eliot was born Thomas Stearns Eliot in St.
Louis, Missouri, in He moved to England in and published his first book of poems in Eliot received the Nobel Prize in Literature in Price: $ This book is designed to provide a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to T.
S. Eliot's poetry for those reading and studying it. The poems, as well as some of the poetic drama (particularly Sweeney Agonistes) and relevant sections of the prose criticism, are discussed in detail and placed in relation to the development of Eliot's œuvre, and more briefly to his life and a wider context 4/5(3).
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He is the author of some of the best known poems in the English language, including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," The Waste Land, "Ash Wednesday," and Four Quartets. Selected Essays has ratings and 13 reviews. Eric said: I love Eliot's poetry, especially Four Quartets, but I find that his criticism is just as pres /5.