By F. B. Pinion
Aiming to supply a entire survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article could be of distinctive worth to lecturers of all educational degrees and to college and faculty scholars at domestic and overseas.
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During the weeks that followed Vivienne spent most of her time nursing her father; when he was out of danger she collapsed and had to be placed in a nursing-home. She returned to the flat in April, before convalescing at the seaside. During these early months of 1921 Eliot began The Waste Land in earnest; he seems to have made considerable progress before his mother's arrival with his sister Marian in June for their expected summer visit. ) They occupied the Clarence Gate Gardens flat, while Tom and Vivienne stayed in Wigmore Street.
From january to March 1926 he gave the Clark Lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, his subject being ' meta physical' poetry in the light of developments from Dante to Laforgue and Corbiere. They reveal a philosophical preference for poets such as Cavalcanti and Dante, whose way of regarding subjects ontologically (sub specie aetemitatis) is superior to Laforgue's immature glimpses of unintegrated truth or those limitations in the area of Donne's thought which result from his concentration on ingenuities of conceit for emotional effects.
After hearing Tom read The Waste Land, Virginia had written: 'He sang and chanted it and rhythmed it. It has great beauty and force of phrase; symmetry; and tensity. ' Two months later, in August 1922, after becoming bored and irritated by a realistic passage in Ulysses, she wrote in her diary, 'And Tom, great Tom, thinks this on a par with War and Peace! An illiterate, underbred book it seems to me; the book of a self taught working-man. .. ' Conversing with her towards the end of September, he maintained that Joyce was purely a literary writer, 'founded upon Walter Pater with a dash of Newman' (she had finished Ulysses, and thought its author a he-goat); his book would be a landmark, he continued, because it destroyed the entire nineteenth century.