The Literary Criticism of T.S. Eliot

The Literary Criticism of T.S. Eliot

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In his time T.S. Eliot established a new critical orthodoxy by which no major modern critic in England or America remained unaffected, but a decade has passed since his death and a generation or more since his extraordinary influence was at its height. It has therefore seemed worth attempting a fresh historical revaluation of Eliota€™s critical achievement and the nine distinguished scholars whom Dr Newton-De Molina approached responded readily to his invitation that they undertake such a project. Their essays range widely over the various aspects of Eliota€™s critical activity and place it in the context not only of his endeavours as poet and dramatist but also of his formal training as a philosopher and of his conversion to Christianity. They contrast the early and later work (not forgetting Eliota€™s own retrospective comments on the former), consider its relation to the English critical and poetic tradition, and seek to show in what ways criticism may derive new impetus from the example both of Eliota€™s strengths and of his limitations.The Baudelaire essays, and particularly the second, are important examples of Eliot performing as a Christian critic, using his own religious sense to discover that sense in another poet. Baudelaire was useful to him, as for example Hopkins anbsp;...

Title:The Literary Criticism of T.S. Eliot
Publisher:A&C Black - 2014-01-13

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