Puritan Sensibility in T.S. Eliot's Poetry

Puritan Sensibility in T.S. Eliot's Poetry

by Dal-Yong Kim
     
 

This book studies Eliot's New England Puritanism in consultation with the major works of 17th- and 18th-century American Puritan writers. Eliot's works reflect the literary principles and practices of the Puritans: his linguistic attempt to associate the meanings of temporal words with the timeless Word; his interpretation of modern futility and anarchy in

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This book studies Eliot's New England Puritanism in consultation with the major works of 17th- and 18th-century American Puritan writers. Eliot's works reflect the literary principles and practices of the Puritans: his linguistic attempt to associate the meanings of temporal words with the timeless Word; his interpretation of modern futility and anarchy in terms of the concept of Original Sin; his insistence upon Puritan piety as a cure for the emptiness and desolation of life; his application of the typological framework of the Exodus; and his mystical impetus for communion with God. Eliot's Puritan conscience caused him to renounce romantic poetry, but enabled him to achieve remarkable authority through his prophetic voice.

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«Although the deepest stratum of Eliot's character was Puritan, Dal-Yong Kim's book is the only full study of the Puritanism of Eliot's poetry. Dr. Kim shows that the very lines in Eliot's poetry that speak most powerfully to modern readers paradoxically owe that power to a Puritan sensibility our culture apparently rejects. This important study describes the way Eliot's return to the roots of his New England heritage recovers a way of feeling that helps to account for the freshness and moral acuity of Eliot's work.» (Timothy Materer, University of Missouri-Columbia)
«Nowadays any discussion of Puritan elements in the work of T.S. Eliot is prone to lapse into critical banality. In this book, however, the author succeeds in throwing a new light on this topic through his perspicacious re-evaluation of Puritan influence on the formation of Eliot's historical sense and aesthetic vision. There is no doubt that this book is a major addition to the Eliot critique.» (Sangok Lee, Seoul National University)
«Professor Kim's study is insightful and stimulating, as well as a pleasure to read. It is a valuable addition to the Eliot shelf, proving something we've all suspected.» (Robert Overstret, Auburn University)
Booknews
Kim (English, Chonnam National U., Korea) studies Eliot's New England Puritanism in connection with the major works of 17th- and 18th- century American Puritan writers. He discusses Puritan language and typology, modernism and original sin, mysticism and the Puritan self, and the limited range of Eliot's Puritan sensibility. Kim analyzes the process by which Eliot's Puritan conscience caused him to renounce romantic poetry, but enabled him to achieve authority through his prophetic voice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820420950
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 4: English Language and Literature, #165
Pages:
202

Meet the Author

The Author: Dal-Yong Kim is an associate professor of English at Chonnam National University, Korea. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia (U.S.A.).

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