A Critical Reading of the Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot

Overview

T.S. Eliot's poetry is well known for its allusiveness and reference to a wide range of historical and literary subjects. At the same time, the roots of explanations and critical readings necessary to elucidate and contextualize Eliot's poetry have seldom been available. This book offers a carefully explanatory as well as critical reading of Eliot's Selected Poems. It tackles each poem individually, offering comments and explanations that draw from secondary as well as archival and unpublished sources. In ...

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Overview

T.S. Eliot's poetry is well known for its allusiveness and reference to a wide range of historical and literary subjects. At the same time, the roots of explanations and critical readings necessary to elucidate and contextualize Eliot's poetry have seldom been available. This book offers a carefully explanatory as well as critical reading of Eliot's Selected Poems. It tackles each poem individually, offering comments and explanations that draw from secondary as well as archival and unpublished sources. In particular, there is an exhaustive section explaining and contextualizing the manifold difficulties encountered in The Waste Land. Jain's use of various new critical approaches, alongside her use of primary data from Eliot holdings in the UK and the US, makes this an important source for comprehending Eliot's "difficult" poetry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195658378
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: T.S. Eliot's Life and Ideas 1
Prufrock and Others Observations 31
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 32
Portrait of a Lady 54
Preludes 63
Rhapsody on a Windy Night 67
Poems 1920 75
Gerontion 79
Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein With a Cigar 96
Sweeney Erect 103
A Cooking Egg 106
The Hippopotamus 109
Whispers of Immortality 112
Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service 115
Sweeney among the Nightingales 120
The Waste Land 124
Composition and Publication 124
The Question of Form 129
Eliot's Use of Points of View 133
The Use of Allusions 136
Eliot's Use of Myth and Anthropology 137
'The Waste Land' as an Autobiographical Poem and as a Social and Cultural Critique 145
I The Burial of the Dead 151
II A Game of Chess 164
III The Fire Sermon 169
IV Death by Water 181
V What the Thunder Said 183
The Hollow Men 196
Ash-Wednesday 212
Ariel Poems 231
Journey of the Magi 231
A Song for Simeon 236
Animula 239
Marina 241
Choruses from 'The Rock' 246
Select Bibliography 252
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