Tomas Stearns Eliot

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Thomas Stearns Eliot was born on September 26, 1888, in Saint Louis, Missouri. His father was an extremely important man in the business world ( Poets 421), thus Eliot had the resource of a wonderful education that helped him immensely throughout his pensive and knowledgeable writing. Eliot’s education began at Smith’s Academy, from whence Eliot continued to Milton Academy in Massachusetts, after which he attended Harvard University in 1906. During his education, he discovered Dante, whom he quotes at the beginning of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Eliot contributed his literary genius to Harvard sparingly as a contributor and editor of the Harvard Advocate. Eliot earned a Master of Arts degree in philosophy while he stayed at Harvard, then he spent a year at the Sorbonne, then returned to the Harvard fellowship and studied in Germany ( Encyclopedia of World Biography 258). Then, as World War I broke out, Eliot tried to join the navy, but for physical reasons, was not admitted. After being met with this rejection, he decided to transfer to Oxford. In England he worked first as a schoolmaster, then a banker, then he finally found a job as an editor and publisher ( Poets 421), which allowed him to use his literary skills, something his previous jobs did not allow. His writings began to appear in small volumes between 1917 and 1922. The quality of his work was only revealed through small volumes. Eliot did not receive any real fame until the publication of “The Waste Land” in 1922 ( Poets 421). In 1927 Eliot became a British citizen and an “Anglo-catholic” ( Encyclopedia of world Biography 260). In a publication of essays, Eliot announced that he was “now a classicist in literature, a royalist in politics, and an Anglo-catholic in religion ( Poets 421).” This left a few literary circles uneasy ( Poets 421), but it set the tone for a decade of important poetry and lectures.
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In England, he published his first volume of poetry, “Prufrock and other observations.” This “almost immediately became the focus for discussion and controversy” ( Encyclopedia of world Biography 259). Once Eliot found himself in England, he decided to stay and marry an English woman by the name of Vivienne Haigh in 1915. The publication of “Prufrock and other observations,” in 1917, put Eliot’s writings into arguments of controversy. Critics found his varied rhythms and mixtures of precicion and discontinuity, with both contemporary and B.C. allusions to the past both riveting and controversial. He also spoke strongly about World War I’s effect on the western world. This point was captured in the ironic title of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” where Prufrock walks through the city of disillusion and is concerned with disrupting the universe ( Encyclopedia of world Biography 259). The poem is not really a love song at all. This city parallels London and the problems of an unsure time, while echoing the words of Dante. T. S Eliot truly captured the feelings of the late and post Victorian period in
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