By David E. Chinitz
Reflecting the surge of serious curiosity in Eliot renewed lately, A better half to T.S. Eliot introduces the 'new' Eliot to readers and educators via analyzing the total physique of his works and occupation. top students within the box offer a clean and completely entire choice of contextual and demanding essays on his existence and success. It compiles the main finished and up to date therapy on hand of Eliot's paintings and careerIt explores the strong forces that formed Eliot as a author and philosopher, studying his physique of labor and assessing his oeuvre in various contexts: old, cultural, social, and philosophicalIt charts the surge in severe curiosity in T.S. Eliot because the early 1990sIt presents an illuminating perception right into a poet, author, and critic who keeps to outline the literary panorama of the final century
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In which impressions and experiences combine in peculiar and unexpected ways,” Eliot’s dissociation between “the man who suffers and the mind which creates” is far less a program for self-suppression in favor of an authoritative tradition than a call to the “transmutation” of passions and feelings into something “new and unforeseen” (8–9). Tradition 19 The countervailing tendencies in Eliot’s essay allow us to seize it by either end of the stick, or to play one tendency against the other. As the mid-century hegemony of the New Criticism began to decline, critics found it tempting to set the second half of the essay in opposition to the first, teasing out the discrepancies between the self-declared “classicist” and the closet “romantic” whose works attest to the very aesthetic he sought to supersede.
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At the same time, Eliot’s readers continue to struggle with, and often object to, the elusive references, the scraps of verbal citation that require both immense learning and considerable patience to wrest whatever significance they may have. These difficulties may be most evident in the epigraphs that appear in many of the poems prior to The Waste Land, a significant portion of which are unidentified or in a foreign tongue. At the gateway of “Prufrock,” for instance, stands the block of italicized words that some might recognize as Dante’s Italian, but most will stare at bemusedly.