A Companion to T. S. Eliot by David E. Chinitz

By David E. Chinitz

Reflecting the surge of severe curiosity in Eliot renewed in recent times, A spouse to T.S. Eliot introduces the 'new' Eliot to readers and educators by means of interpreting the total physique of his works and profession. best students within the box offer a clean and entirely entire number of contextual and significant essays on his lifestyles and achievement.

- It compiles the main entire and updated remedy to be had of Eliot's paintings and career
- It explores the robust forces that formed Eliot as a author and philosopher, studying his physique of labor and assessing his oeuvre in a number of contexts: old, cultural, social, and philosophical
- It charts the surge in serious curiosity in T.S. Eliot because the early 1990s
- It presents an illuminating perception right into a poet, author, and critic who maintains to outline the literary panorama of the final century

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As he gave out his text, his voice ‘rose like a steam of rich distilled perfumes,’ and when he came to the two last words, which he pronounced loud, deep, and distinct, it seemed to me, who was then young, as if the sounds had echoed from the bottom of the human heart, and as if that prayer might have floated in solemn silence through the universe. ’ ... I could not have been more delighted if I had heard the music of the spheres. Poetry and Philosophy had met together. 8 That ringing affirmation of solitude and isolation is strikingly consonant with how Coleridge saw himself.

There is mystery here, as much as relief. In the Preface Wordsworth talks of the role of repetition in poetry, and its function in recreating the repetition of experience: so here, the very repetition of ‘again’ draws attention to itself, and in doing so reminds us that repetition involves change. Just as ‘these orchard-tufts . . lose themselves / Among the woods and copses’, so the poet loses and finds and then loses himself again as the poem unfolds. Wordsworth wants to affirm that for all the loss of the past, of his youthful self, his ‘aching joys’ and ‘dizzy raptures’, he has, in fact, Abundant recompense.

I could not have been more delighted if I had heard the music of the spheres. Poetry and Philosophy had met together. 8 That ringing affirmation of solitude and isolation is strikingly consonant with how Coleridge saw himself. In describing his retreat to Somerset, Coleridge is honest enough: 36 The Problem of Poetry in the Romantic Period Here I found myself all afloat. ’ The fontal truths of natural religion and the books of Revelation alike contributed to the flood; and it was long ere my ark touched on an Ararat, and rested.

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