T. S. Eliot: The Poems

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Cambridge University Press, 1988年3月10日 - 264 頁
This book is designed to provide a comprehensive and stimulating introduction to T.S. Eliot's poetry for those reading and studying it. The poems, as well as some of the poetic drama (particularly Sweeney Agonistes) and relevant sections of the prose criticism, are discussed in detail and placed in relation to the development of Eliot's œuvre, and more briefly to his life and a wider context of philosophical and religious enquiry. In sections devoted to each major poem or group of poems, Martin Scofield examines Eliot's techniques of personae or masks; his use of musical effects; the tension between fragmentation and cohesion in The Waste Land and other verse; the place in his work of symbolism and imagism, as well as less explored elements such as surrealism and comedy; the relevance to his poetry of concepts worked out in his critical writing; and the criticism of his 'poetic workshop', those essays on other poets which he saw as part of the development of his own verse. One recurring theme in the study is the poetic treatment of the relationship (often conflict) between experience in life and experience in art; another is the relation between Eliot's beliefs and his poetry, and between poetry and belief in general. Eliot in his finest poems is seen above all as a poet of what he called 'the first voice', 'oppressed by the burden which he must bring to birth'. The book concludes with a detailed and helpful study of Four Quartets: here as elsewhere Martin Scofield is concerned to look first of all at the texture of the verse and the qualities of the poetic 'surface', while clarifying obscurities and explaining allusions where appropriate. Both students and general readers will find his book informative and his commitment to the poetry infectious.

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I know as an English major I'm supposed to really like and respect Eliot's poetry, and I do like some of them, but he doesn't blow me away the way my professors always said he should. I don't know. 閱讀評論全文

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Aspects of the life of the poet
9
Early poetic influences and criticism and Poems Written in Early Youth
24
Prufrock and Other Observations 1917
46
Poetic theory and poetic practice
71
Poems 1920
89
The Waste Land 1922
108
From The Hollow Men 1925 to Marina 1930
137
Poetry pattern and belief
167
From Coriolan 1931 to Burnt Norton 1936
183
Burnt Norton 1936 and the pattern for Four Quartets
197
The wartime Quartets 19402
214
Notes
243
Select bibliography
257
Index
260
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