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By Craig Raine

The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the 20th century's most renowned poet and its so much influential literary arbiter, T.S. Eliot has lengthy been regarded as an vague and tough poet--forbiddingly realized, maddeningly enigmatic.
Now, during this remarkable exploration of T.S. Eliot's paintings, prize-winning poet Craig Raine unearths that, to the contrary, Eliot's poetry (and drama and feedback) may be visible as a unified and coherent physique of labor. certainly, regardless of its appear originality, its radical experimentation, and its brilliant formal sort, his verse yields which means simply as absolutely as different extra traditional poetry. Raine argues that an implicit controlling theme--the buried existence, or the failure of feeling--unfolds in unusually diversified methods all through Eliot's paintings. yet along Eliot's wish "to stay with all depth" was once additionally a mistrust of "violent emotion for its personal sake." Raine illuminates this paradoxical Eliot--an exacting anti-romantic realist, skeptical of the feelings, but ceaselessly afflicted by means of the terror of emotional failure--through shut readings of such poems as "The Love tune of J Alfred Prufrock," "Gerontion," The hole males, Ash Wednesday, etc. the guts of the e-book comprises prolonged analyses of Eliot's grasp works--The Waste Land and Four Quartets. Raine additionally examines Eliot's criticism--including his coinage of such key literary phrases because the aim correlative, dissociation of sensibility, the auditory imagination--and he concludes with a resounding refutation of fees that Eliot was once an anti-Semite.
Here then is a quantity completely fundamental for all admirers of T.S. Eliot and, in reality, for everybody who loves glossy literature.

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