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The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry Paperback – April 5, 1996

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Consisting of 11 lectures Eliot delivered at universities, this collection explores his views on the relation of thought to feeling in verse.

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About the Author

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.


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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest Book
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (April 5, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156002566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156002561
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,240,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri, and became a British subject in 1927. The acclaimed poet of The Waste Land, Four Quartets, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, among numerous other poems, prose, and works of drama, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. T.S. Eliot died in 1965 in London, England, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

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This is one of my most cherished books. I've read it three times. I'm still not really sure I could tell you why a poem is metaphysical or not. I will have to read it a few more times. Eliot is such good company. His learning and his passion are astonishing. You don't like Eliot. You've been taught to dislike Eliot. But this book is fascinating, and you learn so much about poetry and even about the conservative mindset. And you get exposed to a lot of great poetry from a man who understood it from the inside out, at least from his perspective. You can get this on kindle now, although I have a hardcopy. Actually, I don't read this book, I chew it. A few more dozen times, maybe I'll know what a metaphysical poem is. BTW, Dante is the greatest poet who ever lived, sez Eliot. I remember so long ago reading that Pound was astonished that General Vinegar Joe Stilwell never mentioned Dante in this diary. I was a soldier at the time. It seemed the oddest thing in the world. Why should a soldier have any interest in reading poetry? This guy Dante must be really something. Eliot and Pound both think so. Another star in the metaphysical firmament is Donne. Another exemplar Richard Crashaw. Read. Enjoy. Learn.
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