T. S. Eliot

Paperback | September 15, 2011

byCraig Raine

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The twentieth century's most famous poet and its most influential literary arbiter, T.S. Eliot has long been thought to be an obscure and difficult writer-forbiddingly learned, maddeningly enigmatic. In this compelling exploration, prize-winning poet Craig Raine finds a way to read and makesense of Eliot's full corpus. He illuminates a paradoxical Eliot--an exacting anti-romantic realist, skeptical of the emotions, yet incessantly troubled by the fear of emotional failure--through close readings of his poetry, with extended analyses of Eliot's two master works--The Waste Land and FourQuartets. Raine also examines Eliot's criticism -- including his coinage of such key literary terms as the objective correlative, dissociation of sensibility, the auditory imagination, and his biography, crafting a book that provides a concise introduction for beginners and a provocative set ofarguments for Eliot admirers.

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The twentieth century's most famous poet and its most influential literary arbiter, T.S. Eliot has long been thought to be an obscure and difficult writer-forbiddingly learned, maddeningly enigmatic. In this compelling exploration, prize-winning poet Craig Raine finds a way to read and makesense of Eliot's full corpus. He illuminates a...

Craig Raine is Fellow and Tutor in English at New College, Oxford, and editor of Arete, a tri-quarterly arts magazine. Poet, literary critic, playwright, librettist, and editor, Raine has been a powerful voice and an adversarial, intellectually independent figure in the literary world for the last 40 years.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.71 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction: Eliot and the Buried Life1. The Failure to Live2. Eliot as Classicist3. The Waste Land4. Four Quartets5. The Drama6. The CriticismAppendix 1: Eliot and Anti-SemitismAppendix 2: Two Free Translations by Craig Raine of 'Lune de Miel' and 'Dans le Restaurant'Appendix 3: An Eliot Chronology