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T. S. Eliot: Collected Poems, 1909-1962 (The Centenary Edition) Hardcover – September 25, 1991
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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.
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780151189786
- ISBN-13 : 978-0151189786
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.04 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 1st edition (September 25, 1991)
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0151189781
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now further passages are bearing fruit. What price "Beneath the bleeding hands we feel, The sharp compassion of the healers art" ? And so much more, on time, redemption, love and mercy.
So worth the time and effort. Even when not understood at one level perhaps the beautiful language at times will open us to greater understanding at another. It can perhaps be gathered that Four Quartets is my favorite, but there is so much more here.
TS Eliot was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1948, bracketed by the novelists Andre Gide and William Faulkner. He is a staple of English literature classes and one of the cornerstones of modernist writing. Despite his lofty reputation his language is straightforward, it is his references that render make his verse so impenetrable. Where the references are to now obscure texts like the Golden Bough it makes the texts more interesting, the more obviously religious poems lack the same mystery and impact.
He has a gift for putting together the smallest number of words to considerable effect, usually a rather bleak modern effect. This is a mixed bag, the major poems are here, along with some occasional verses which have an unconsidered immediacy rare in his works. There are some fragments that are more intriguing than entirely satisfying. No problems with spelling or formatting, though the lack of Old Possums Book of Practical Cats seems rather mean spirited, accordingly marking down to four.
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