Eliot and his age : T.S. Eliot's moral imagination in the by Eliot, Thomas Stearns; Eliot, Thomas S.; Kirk, Russell;

By Eliot, Thomas Stearns; Eliot, Thomas S.; Kirk, Russell; Lockerd, Benjamin G

Though a lot has been written approximately T. S. Eliot because it was once first released, Eliot and His Age is still the simplest creation to the poet’s existence, principles, and literary works. it's the crucial origin for an individual who might comprehend what Eliot was once approximately. Russell Kirk’s view of his older pal is sympathetic yet now not adulatory. His insights into Eliot’s writings are knowledgeable through extensive studying within the similar authors who most affected the poet, in addition to through comparable studies and convictions.

Kirk elaborates right here an important conception of literary that means typically, displaying how nice literary works wake up our intuitive cause, giving us profound visions of fact that go beyond logical approaches. And he strains Eliot’s political and cultural rules to their real resources, exhibiting the stability and subtlety of Eliot’s perspectives. Eliot and His Age is a literary biography that might suffer while a lot of the more moderen writing on Eliot is amassing dust.

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Eliot is a trifle inaccurate: William Greenleaf Eliot, his grandfather, was born in New Bedford in 1811, although he spent much of his childhood in Washington. Much as he had no very strong interest in the culture of New England, the poet similarly did not share intensely his father’s and his uncle’s relish for the genealogy of the Eliots and the Greenleafs. indd 19 2/4/2014 5:05:50 PM Eliot and His Age 20 Moses, he had brought down the tables of the Law, any deviation from which would be sinful.

It is useful to know something of Harvard and Boston and Eliot in those days, if one wishes to understand Prufrock and Other Observations. The lack of such acquaintance leads one critic, Graham Martin, perceptive in more theoretical questions, to the ab* Eliot had not heard of Orestes Brownson, for one, until he read my book The Conservative Mind; and a paperbacked edition of selected essays by Brownson, which I brought out with an introduction in 1955, provided Eliot’s first direct introduction to the American champion of orthodoxy and tradition.

As philosophical poet, as dramatist, as literary critic, and as social essayist, Eliot labored for the recovery of order: the order of the soul, and the order of the commonwealth. It is the power of moral imagination that will give long life to Eliot’s work. And some fifty-five years after “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” was published, tardy discursive judgment needs to be rendered. So I propose to examine Eliot’s chief endeavors, and to touch now and again upon the work of his allies or of his adversaries.

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