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

By David E. Chinitz

Reflecting the surge of severe curiosity in Eliot renewed lately, A spouse to T.S. Eliot introduces the 'new' Eliot to readers and educators through interpreting the complete physique of his works and profession. best students within the box supply a clean and completely finished choice of contextual and significant essays on his lifestyles and fulfillment. It compiles the main accomplished and up to date remedy to be had of Eliot's paintings and careerIt explores the robust forces that formed Eliot as a author and philosopher, studying his physique of labor and assessing his oeuvre in various contexts: old, cultural, social, and philosophicalIt charts the surge in serious curiosity in T.S. Eliot because the early 1990sIt offers 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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Hannah Arendt. Trans. Harry Zohn. New York: Schocken, 1969. Bloom, Harold. The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry. New York: Oxford UP, 1973. Burke, Edmund. Reflections on the Revolution in France. 1790. Ed. J. C. D. Clark. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2001. Cianci, Giovanni, and Jason Harding, eds. T. S. Eliot and the Concept of Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2007. Dante Alighieri. Inferno. Trans. Robert Hollander and Jean Hollander. New York: Random, 2000. Flinn, Anthony. Approaching Authority: Transpersonal Gestures in the Poetry of Yeats, Eliot, and Williams.

In “The Book as Spiritual Instrument,” he articulates a complex argument about the unique capacity of the book to combine matter with ideal forms, which nonetheless draws sharp lines between mere prose and the purified speech of poetry. Mallarmé famously advised poets to retreat from the world and remove themselves to their “ivory tower,” a space above the fray. Yet the closer we examine the major ideas of Symbolism, the propositions that helped unite the movement, the more we find a bewildering range of practice that belies the movement’s collective identity.

As he states in his thesis, the development of any science is “rather organic than mechanical”; it provides a provisional if efficacious “point of view” that establishes a framework for new inquiry and is in turn modified by its own discoveries “into something new and unforeseen” (61). ” Of course, the organic notion of tradition as “a living whole” has been a cornerstone of modern conservative thought ever since Edmund Burke issued his famous Reflections on the Revolution in France (SE 7). But in light of his more radical Bradleyan perspective, Eliot comes close to turning the tables on Burke.

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