In that busy year his patience gave way to exasperation. The publication of Anthony Julius’s in 1995, and the hubbub that followed, gave Raine cause to feel dismayed.
The new book includes choice material from the early essays, sometimes unchanged, often more judiciously phrased. I don’t find here the claim that Eliot was ‘the century’s greatest poet’, though no greater is proposed.
The complaint of Arnold’s poem is that we are opaque not only to others but to ourselves.
Raine offers this as the key to Eliot’s poems: ‘The failure to live fully is a central, recurring theme of Eliot’s poetry.’ He keeps coming back to it.
In the new book, as in these essays, Raine assumes that his readers are likely to be ‘somewhat impure and apt to confuse issues’.
It is my impression that he remained patient with readers of Eliot till 1996.
Read as part of the Collected Poems 1909-1962."So intimate, this Chopin, that I think his soul Should be resurrected only among friends Some two or three, who will not touch the bloom That is rubbed and questioned in the concert room."Thomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, dramatist and literary critic.
He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry." He wrote the poems The Love Song of J.
Eliot was born an American, moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at the age of 25), and became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39.
The American poet, critic and publisher T S Eliot was born into a comfortable and historically distinguished family in St. He studied at Smith Academy and then Harvard, where he undertook an eclectic range of courses before settling on a BA in what would now be called Comparative Literature and an MA in English Literature.