T.S. Eliot's Christmas Poems: An Essay in Writing-as-Reading and Other

T.S. Eliot's Christmas Poems: An Essay in Writing-as-Reading and Other "Impossible Unions"

by G. Atkins


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This is the first full-scale analysis of T.S. Eliot's six "Ariel Poems" as Christmas poems. Through close readings, Atkins argues that these poems considered together emerge as clearly related representations of the "impossible union" that occurred in the Incarnation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137485700
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Edition description: 2014
Pages: 93
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

G. Douglas Atkins is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Kansas, USA, where he taught for 44 years. The winner of several awards for outstanding teaching, he is the author of twenty-one books and co-editor of three others.

Table of Contents

1. Challenging Critical Orthodoxies, Confronting Binary Oppositions: The Commentator par lui-meme 2. The Gift Half Understood, or Eliot's Ariel Poems: Beyond the Old Dispensation 3. "Triumphal March": The Problem Lies in Our Perceiving 4. "The Cultivation of Christmas Trees": Through the Eyes of Children (and the Child-like) 5. "Journey of the Magi": A Fable of Commentary: With a Second Coming to the Inexhaustible 6. "Animula": What the Simple Soul Knows, or "Living first in the silence after the viaticum" 7. "A Song for Simeon": The Difference the Letter Makes: Prayer, Self-Criticism, Validity 8. "Marina": "Living to live in a world of time beyond me": Recognizing, Perceiving, and Understanding

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