T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature by Steven MatthewsT.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature by Steven Matthews

T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature

bySteven Matthews

Hardcover | March 7, 2013

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T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature, for the first time, considers the full imaginative and moral engagement of one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot, with the Early Modern period of literature in English (1580-1630). This engagement haunted Eliot's poetryand critical writing across his career, and would have a profound impact on subsequent poetry across the world, as well as upon academic literary criticism, and wider cultural perceptions. To this end, the book elucidates and contextualizes several facets of Eliot's thinking and its impact: through establishment of his original and eclectic understanding of the Early Modern period in relation to the literary and critical source materials available to him; through consideration ofuncollected and archival materials, which suggest a need to reassess established readings of the poet's career; and through attention to Eliot's resonant formulations about the period in consequent literary, critical and artistic arenas. To the end of his life, Eliot had to fend off the presumption that he had, in some way, 'invented' the Early Modern period for the modern age. Yet the presumption holds some force - it is famously and influentially an implication running through Eliot's essays on that earlier period, and through hismany references to its writings in his poetry, that the Early Modern period formed the most exact historical analogy for the apocalyptic events (and consequent social, cultural and literary turmoil) of the first half of the twentieth-century. T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature gives acomprehensive sense of the vital engagement of this self-consciously modern poet with the earlier period he always declared to be his favourite.
Steven Matthews is Professor of English Literature at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is author of Irish Poetry: Politics, History, Negotiation. The Evolving Debate, 1969 to the Present (Macmillan, 1997); Yeats as Precursor (Macmillan 2000); and Les Murray (Manchester U.P. Contemporary World Writers Series, 2001). He has contributed...
Title:T.S. Eliot and Early Modern LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:March 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199574774

ISBN - 13:9780199574773


Table of Contents

Introduction1. 'Without a Harmonising Medium': Eliot in 1919, and Contemporary Criticism of Early Modern Drama2. 'I am not all Heere': Donne, Marlowe, 'disintegration', and the Development of Dramatic Lyricism by Eliot3. 'Signs Never Come Amiss': Early Modern Voices in Eliot's collected poetry to Poems, 19204. 'Ideas, and the Sensibility of Thought': The Quest for a Metaphysical Poetry 1920-225. Cryptograms: The Waste Land, Sweeney Agonistes, and 'The Hollow Men'6. 'The Pattern Behind the Pattern': Ash-Wednesday, the Ariel poems, and 'Coriolan'7. Towards a New Dramatic Articulation: The Rock and Murder in the Cathedral8. 'A Fusion, in Sympathy of Antipathy': Four Quartets and the Late Plays