In addition, he uses many techniques such as imagism, repetition, fragmentation and other modernist techniques all these techniques help depict the modern life for the reader and reflect its status in real manner that is why one can easily say that eliot is considered as one of the most influential modernist poets in english literature. Preludes - ts eliot relevant background thomas stearns [ts] eliot was born in into a wealthy family in st louis, missouri, america in 1888 he became a british citizen at the age of 39 in 1927 his father was president of a brick making company his mother wrote poetry and was once a teacher and social volunteer. T s eliot zhao 1 james zhao mrs wallin ap english 2/25/13 the adoption of modernism in t s eliot’s “the love song of j alfred prufrock” modernism first emerged in america as a brand new type of literature in the early years of twentieth century after the first world war and the great depression, western world was looking for a kind of life different from traditional one, easier.
Although eliot's poetry is not as influential as it once was, notable literary scholars, like harold bloom and stephen greenblatt, still acknowledge that eliot's poetry is central to the literary english canon. Across ts eliot’s prescribed poems, we as responders are able to hear a single voice – eliot’s inner soul, resonating with us his poetry endures precisely because of the impersonal way he has constructed the personal within us. Students of modern english literature agree, however, that these essays, like the poems that preceded them, permanently altered the way readers assessed poetry eliot not only shaped readers’ perceptions of modern poetry but also reevaluated the poetry of the past, the “tradition,” as eliot termed it.
After the war, eliot wrote no more major poetry, turning entirely to his plays and to literary essays, the most important of which revisited the french symbolists and the development of language in twentieth-century poetry after vivien died in january 1947, eliot led a protected life as a flatmate of the critic john hayward. Thomas stearns [ts] eliot was born in into a wealthy family in st louis, missouri, america in 1888 he became a british citizen at the age of 39 in 1927 his father was president of a brick making company his mother wrote poetry and was once a teacher and social volunteer they were.
In this way, i have come to acknowledge that eliot remains the quintessential poet of the english language precisely because his poetry endures through his impersonal way– that of a fearful, disillusioned modernist seeking truth in a alienated, and desolated world. Ts eliot’s portrait of a lady and dialogism essay - ts eliot’s portrait of a lady and dialogism there seems to be an air of paradox in bringing a theory on the novel as a genre and the most famous anglo-american modernist poet as a whole. At milton he studied more latin and greek literature, french and german grammar and literature, and honed his command of english composition, rhetoric, and the history of english literature as an undergraduate at harvard eliot wrote his first critical essay on kipling, and studied dante, painters of the italian renaissance, dramatists of the english renaissance, and the poetry of john donne and jules laforgue. T s eliot, selected essays (3rd edn, london, 1951) though a scientific, or historical, or theological, or philosophic work which is also ‘literature’, may become superannuated as anything but literature, yet it is not likely to be ‘literature’ unless it had its scientific value or other value for its own time. Eliot wrote an essay in praise of joyce’s use of ancient myth, and borrowed this for his own poem – drawing on arthurian legend (eg the fisher king) and various other religious and literary traditions.
‘the metaphysical poets’ t s eliot, selected essays (3rd edn, london, 1951) this telescoping of images and multiplied associations is characteristic of the phrase of some of the dramatists of the period which donne knew: not to mention shakespeare, it is frequent in middleton, webster, and tourneur, and is one of the sources of the vitality of their language. The waste land, written by ts eliot, is poem portraying the lack and/or the corruption of culture in england during the post wwi period eliot uses a form of symbolism, in which he uses small pieces from popular literary works, to deliver his message. For alfred kazin he was the mana known as 't s eliot,' the model poet of our time, the most cited poet and incarnation of literary correctness in the english-speaking world northrop frye simply states: a thorough knowledge of eliot is compulsory for anyone interested in contemporary literature.
Whoever has approved this idea of order, of the form of european, of english literature, will not find it preposterous that the past should be altered by the present as much as the present is directed by the past.