Collected Poems, 1909-1962

ISBN-10: 0571105483

ISBN-13: 9780571105489

Edition: 1974

Authors: T. S. Eliot

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Copyright year: 1974
Publisher: Faber & Faber, Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

T. S. Eliot is considered by many to be a literary genius and one of the most influential men of letters during the half-century after World War I. He attended Harvard University, with time abroad pursuing graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Marburg, and Oxford. The outbreak of World War I prevented his return to the United States, and, persuaded by Ezra Pound to remain in England, he decided to settle there permanently. He published his influential early criticism, much of it written as occasional pieces for literary periodicals. He developed such doctrines as the "dissociation of sensibility" and the "objective correlative" and elaborated his views on wit and on the relation of tradition to the individual talent. Eliot by this time had left his early, derivative verse far behind and had begun to publish avant-garde poetry (including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which exploited fresh rhythms, abrupt juxtapositions, contemporary subject matter, and witty allusion. This period of creativity also resulted in another collection of verse (including "Gerontian") and culminated in The Waste Land, a masterpiece published in 1922 and produced partly during a period of psychological breakdown. In 1922, Eliot became a director of the Faber & Faber publishing house, and in 1927 he became a British citizen and joined the Church of England. Thereafter, his career underwent a change. With the publication of Ash Wednesday in 1930, his poetry became more overtly Christian. As editor of the influential literary magazine The Criterion, he turned his hand to social as well as literary criticism, with an increasingly conservative orientation. His religious poetry culminated in Four Quartets, published individually from 1936 onward and collectively in 1943. This work is often considered to be his greatest poetic achievement. Eliot also wrote poetry in a much lighter vein, such as Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939), a collection that was used during the early 1980s as the basis for the musical, Cats. In addition to his contributions in poetry and criticism, Eliot is the pivotal verse dramatist of this century. He followed the lead of William Butler Yeats in attempting to revive metrical language in the theater. But, unlike Yeats, Eliot wanted a dramatic verse that would be self-effacing, capable of expressing the most prosaic passages in a play, and an insistent, undetected presence capable of elevating itself at a moment's notice. His progression from the pageant The Rock (1934) and Murder in the Cathedral (1935), written for the Canterbury Festival, through The Family Reunion (1939) and The Cocktail Party (1949), a West End hit, was thus a matter of neutralizing obvious poetic effects and bringing prose passages into the flow of verse. Recent critics have seen Eliot as a divided figure, covertly attracted to the very elements (romanticism, personality, heresy) he overtly condemned. His early attacks on romantic poets, for example, often reveal him as a romantic against the grain. The same divisions carry over into his verse, where violence struggles against restraint, emotion against order, and imagination against ironic detachment. This Eliot is more human and more attractive to contemporary taste. During his lifetime, Eliot received many honors and awards, including the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Portrait of a Lady
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
Morning at the Window
The Boston Evening Transcript
Aunt Helen
Cousin Nancy
Mr. Apollinax
Conversation Galante
La Figlia che Piange
Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar
Sweeney Erect
A Cooking Egg
Le Directeur
Melange Adultere de Tout
Lune de Miel
The Hippopotamus
Dans le Restaurant
Whispers of Immortality
Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service
Sweeney Among the Nightingales
The Waste Land--1922
The Burial of the Dead
A Game of Chess
The Fire Sermon
Death by Water
What the Thunder Said
Notes on 'The Waste Land'
The Hollow Men--1925
Because I do not hope to turn again
Lady, three white leopards sat under a juniper-tree
At the first turning of the second stair
Who walked between the violet and the violet
If the lost word is lost, if the spent word is spent
Although I do not hope to turn again
Ariel Poems
Journey of the Magi--1927
A Song for Simeon--1928
The Cultivation of Christmas Trees--1954
Unfinished Poems
Sweeney Agonistes
Fragment of a Prologue
Fragment of an Agon
Triumphal March--1931
Difficulties of a Statesman
Minor Poems
Eyes that last I saw in tears
The wind sprang up at four o'clock
Five-finger exercises
Lines to a Persian Cat
Lines to a Yorkshire Terrier
Lines to a Duck in the Park
Lines to Ralph Hodgson Esqre
Lines for Cuscuscaraway and Mirza Murad Ali Beg
New Hampshire
Rannoch, by Glencoe
Cape Ann
Lines for an Old Man
Choruses From 'the Rock'--1934
The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven
Thus your fathers were made
The Word of the Lord came unto me, saying
There are those who would build the Temple
O Lord, deliver me from the man of excellent intention and impure heart
It is hard for those who have never known persecution
In the beginning God created the world
O Father we welcome your words
Son of Man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears
You have seen the house built, you have seen it adorned
Four Quartets
Burnt Norton--1935
East Coker--1940
The Dry Salvages--1941
Little Gidding--1942
Occasional Verses
Defense of the Islands
A Note on War Poetry
To the Indians Who Died in Africa
To Walter de la Mare
A Dedication to My Wife
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