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English 202 - T.S. Eliot

English 202 - T.S. Eliot - T.S Eliot(1888-1965 Biography...

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T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) Biography Born in United States educated at Harvard: introduced to new, radical ways of thinking moved to England in 1914, became British subject in 1927 “Tradition and the Individual Talent” (1919) and “The Metaphysical Poets” (1921) revalued authors that had not been central to the literary canon suggested poetry should be studied as art object with which to interact study of poetry should seek ambiguity, subtlety, paradox, complex imagery study of poetry should not seek historical and cultural significance (ideas of New Criticism that took shape around the same time) Eliot’s poetry use of clear, precise images: for literal meaning for suggestive meanings through interactions with other images elimination of passages that only connect or transition “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (written 1910-11, published 1915) Describe J. Alfred Prufrock. What do we learn about him from the poem? What physical descriptors can you find? What do you know about his inner self – his thoughts, desires, fears?
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