T.S. Eliot: A Guide for the Perplexed

Author:   Steve Ellis
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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9781847060167


Pages:   180
Publication Date:   09 June 2009
Format:   Hardback
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T.S. Eliot: A Guide for the Perplexed


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T. S. Eliot is one of the most celebrated twentieth-century poets and one whose work is practically synonymous with perplexity. Eliot is perceived as extremely challenging due to the multi-lingual references and fragmentation we find in his poetry and his recurring literary allusions to writers including Dante, Shakespeare, Marvell, Baudelaire and Conrad. There is an additional difficulty for today's readers that Eliot probably didn't envisage: the widespread unfamiliarity with the Christian belief and culture that his work becomes increasingly steeped in. Steve Ellis introduces Eliot's work by using his extensive prose writings to illuminate the poetry. As a major critic, as well as poet, Eliot was highly conscious of the challenges his poetry set, of its relation and difference to the work of previous poets, and of the ways in which the activity of reading was problematised by his work, so by taking his prose as a starting point helps to clarify his poetic writing. The guide also offers an overview of key critical debates concerning Eliot's work.

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Author:   Steve Ellis
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 1.40cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.379kg
ISBN:  

9781847060167


ISBN 10:   1847060161
Pages:   180
Publication Date:   09 June 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Among the innumerable Eliot guides on the market, this is the one to start with. Avoiding the all too common approaches to this notoriously perplexing poet - allusion hunting and step-by-step explication - Steve Ellis unlocks the poetry with Eliot's own extensive prose writings as his main key. The result is illuminating for beginner and Eliot aficionado alike. The binary opposites at the centre of Eliot's oeuvre, tradition versus innovation, conservative versus radical, 'ideal' versus actuality, belief versus scepticism, are addressed with freshness and clarity. Ellis traces both the continuities and contrasts running through Eliot's poetic development. He deals deftly with important influences, Laforgue, Baudelaire, Dante, in accounts of the poetry full of original insight and argument, while efficiently familiarising newcomers with critical cruxes and contentious issues (misogyny, anti-semitism). He has particularly perceptive things to say about the development of Eliot's poetic s


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Steve Ellis is Professor of English at the University of Birmingham, UK and is also a poet and translator. His publications include The English Eliot (Routledge, 1991), Chaucer: An Oxford Guide (OUP, 2005) and Virginia Woolf and the Victorians (CUP 2007).

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