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Eliot died, wrote Robert Giroux, "the world became a lesser place. Whether he is liked or disliked is of no importance, but he must be read. The only "method," Eliot once wrote, is "to be very intelligent.
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Hence the completeness and inviolability of the poems. What he does in them can be taken no further Of his early work, Eliot has said: Rajan writes, "the birth of meaning Poetry cannot report the event; it must be the event, lived through in a form that can speak about itself while remaining wholly itself.
This is a feat at least as difficult as it sounds, and if the poem succeeds in it, it is because, however much it remembers previous deaths by drowning, it creates its own life against its own thrust of questioning.
But all of us can accept the poetry because nearly every line of it was written while looking into the eyes of the demon. Eliot himself is forever abandoning us on the very doorstep of the illuminating.
One has again and again the feeling that he is working, as it were, too close to the object What happens is that he achieves a kind of filigree without pattern. He is, in some ways, a meditative poet.
But Eliot is, I think, a relatively indifferent, or uninterested, observer of the phenomenal world His direct affirmations are always summings-up of this style, concentrations for which the rest of his verse appears as so many hints.
The result is an extraordinary fusion of diffidence and dogmatism. Wilson Knight notes, "to the health of a culture," in that it "tells us the truth about ourselves in our present situation He gave us back our language enlivened and refreshed by new contacts with many other tongues.
Potter Woodbery writes that "the modern poet, as Eliot himself on occasions has pointed out, finds himself faced with the task of revitalizing a language that has gone dead, of seeking out genuine but novel avenues of expression so that a sharpness of impact can once again be felt in English poetry By tradition, also, Eliot means both a conscious and an unconscious life in a social continuum His popular reputation, Frye writes, "was that of an erudite highbrow.
Eliot would like, he says, an audience that could neither read nor write. These are not only distinguishable but opposed, and in Christianity the opposition is total, as for it the selfish self is to be annihilated, and the other is the immortal soul one is trying to save.
Theories of conduct exalting the freedom of the personality or character without making this distinction are disastrous. Just as Eliot never accepted the statement that The Waste Land represented "the disillusionment of a generation," Braybrooke submits, he would never admit that his use of broken images "meant a separation from belief, since for him doubts and certainties represented varieties of belief.
But the poem is a great poem because it will not force us to follow him.
It makes us wiser without committing us It joins the mix of our own minds but it does not tell us what to believe The poem resists an imposed order; it is a part of its greatness that it can do so. There is no portrayal of common emotions, except when they are depraved, or silly. All the things which common men think of as practical and desirable vanish into insignificance under his vision.
He sings of it when he speaks of the flower that fades, of the sea that seems eternal, of the rock in the sea, and of the prayer of the Annunciation In such [passages] the poet reveals his true mission, that of transmuting his intimate emotions, his personal anguish, into a strange and impersonal work.
In this way, the poet becomes aware of his presence in the world, where his major victory is the imposing of his presence as a man by means of his lucidity and his creative power.
The second is better than the first, the third is better than the second, and the fourth is the best of all. And in his rigorous stripping away of the poetic, such a pure poetry is sustained. Although many critics have commented on the cyclical nature of the Four Quartets, Frye has actually diagrammed these poems."Gerontion" is a poem by T.
S. Eliot that was first published in The work relates the opinions and impressions of a gerontic, or elderly man, through a dramatic monologue which describes Europe after World War I through the eyes of a man who has lived the majority of his life in the 19th century.
Eliot considered using this already published poem as a preface to The Waste Land, but. Eliot was to pursue four careers: editor, dramatist, literary critic, and philosophical poet. He was probably the most erudite poet of his time in the English srmvision.com undergraduate poems were “literary” and .
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When T. S. Eliot died, wrote Robert Giroux, "the world became a lesser place." Certainly the most imposing poet of his time, Eliot was revered by Igor Stravinsky "not only as a great sorcerer of words but as the very key keeper of the language.". I've recently taken a personal interest in T.S.
Eliot. When I went to talk to one of my professors, an Eliot scholar, about Eliot's poems, he gave me a copy of The Selected Prose.