T S Eliot



>>By tigger   (Wednesday, 7 Jan 2004 12:21)

one of my favorite poems - for the musicality, as well as the words

don't have any specific reference for you


>>By elysealice   (Sunday, 18 Jan 2004 21:54)

If you're doing this assignment for a college - you should be able to access your college library website and just type in his name and pull up a million things. If not for a university, I'll see what I can drudge up for you soon.


>>By enigmaticskye   (Monday, 19 Jan 2004 23:54)

To me Eliot's poetry is rather like Picasso's paintings. You may think, why didn't he just write in a way which made sense, rather than us having to figure it out, in the same way that you might say why didn't Picasso paint in a way which immediately made sense to the human eye. Eliot is in fact by giving us pieces, vaguely reminiscent of familiar objects. Eliot provides us with a series of pictures or images which give us the reader a unique impression.

The use of imagery is very important in Eliot's poetry - these images give us visual and mental clarity. His images strike the minds eye (the combined receiver of all the senses)

Eliot's poetry articulates the ills of modern society and deliberately yields no solutions. (Like James Joyce did.) The feelings of the characters within the poems are not new and unique and that is why we can identify with them so closely.

Eliot once said "these fragments I have shored against my ruins," and it is up to us as the reader to sift through the fragments and look for meaning. His poetry is not meant to make sense on its first reading, it is meant to be read and reread.

Eliot said of his poetry "The first danger is that of assuming that there must be just one interpretation of the poem as a whole.....but that.. the meaning is what the poem means to different sensitive readers."

He said himself that when the poet rereads his own work he can often obtain more than HE had intended.

When Eliot translated people's feelings into poetry he was giving us an externalisation of a state of mind. Feelings have to be translated into words in order to be communicated and it takes a human being to truly see another human being.

In 1911 Eliot wrote Love Song - it was not published till 1917. He was not a prolific poet and felt that a poet should write as little as possible.

In 1914 Eliot met Ezra Pound who was as flamboyant as Eliot was prim and reserved.

Prufrock and other observations was published largely due to the efforts of Pound.

In 1915 he met and married the vivacious Vivienne Haigh-Wood, but this marriage was not really a success. She found him lifeless and suffered with her 'nerves'.

Pound introduced him to the Bloomsbury set, led by Virginia Woolf and her husband and suddenly Eliot found himself immersed in a literary culture rubbing shoulders with such as Wyndham Lewis, Ford Madox Ford, W B Yeats, D H Lawrence and latterly James Joyce.

In 1921 he wrote a draft of The Waste Land and gave it to Pound to edit and it was then published in 1922 to widespread criticism.

Eliot used metre and rhyme but breaks and discordance's were as important to him as regularities. His style for the most part was direct and conversational - one intelligent person talking to another. He heightened this though by at times making it fragmentary and using artifices such as alliteration, assonance, repetition and internal rhyme. He played with words in order to enrich the texture of his verse. His writing was complex because his perception of the world was not simple or straightforward.

His poems are about human nature. Generally his characters are more important as representatives of mankind than as individuals.

Towards the end of his writing he moved towards a more consistent metre. Perhaps because it was most suited to his personal expression. Where Eliot belongs most to his age is not in the purely political or historical areas but in the history of ideas, art and attitudes.

>>By Mme Bovary   (Thursday, 26 Aug 2004 10:51)

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