New PDF release: A Companion to T. S. Eliot

By David E. Chinitz

ISBN-10: 1444315749

ISBN-13: 9781444315745

Reflecting the surge of serious curiosity in Eliot renewed lately, A better half to T.S. Eliot introduces the 'new' Eliot to readers and educators by means of reading the whole physique of his works and profession. top students within the box supply a clean and entirely complete selection of contextual and significant essays on his lifestyles and achievement.

- It compiles the main accomplished and up to date remedy to be had of Eliot's paintings and career
- It explores the robust forces that formed Eliot as a author and philosopher, interpreting his physique of labor and assessing his oeuvre in quite a few contexts: historic, cultural, social, and philosophical
- It charts the surge in severe curiosity in T.S. Eliot because the early 1990s
- It offers an illuminating perception right into a poet, author, and critic who keeps to outline the literary panorama of the final century

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That makes the poem harder. This night (Joe Dunn could give a date October 1st That’s Joe Dunn’s date) But I can’t. Butterflies transfigure and burn In the absences of postmen. (CP, 60) Joe Dunn, the dedicatee of Spicer’s “Five Words for Joe Dunn on his Twenty-Second Birthday,” was one of Spicer’s closest friends in Boston, and living with his wife in the apartment next door when this poem was written. 17 But so is Orpheus in this poem, in which Eurydice becomes a sentence, a message, too heavy to lift out of hell: “Orpheus collapses / Under the weight of the sentence, killing butterflies.

In essence, then, I want to suggest that Spicer not only separates the “one night stands” from his later “books” but also, de facto, creates the ghost – to use another of his favored tropes – of an imagined “book of early poems,” just as in the letter to Blaser he laments the unborn books his early work might have contained: “Songs Against Apollo,” or the “Gallery of Gorgeous Gods” (CP, 164). The Blaser letter from Admonitions inscribes the early work into time – the time of Spicer’s writing life.

Indd 32 07/12/2012 13:29 The Early Poetry 33 or poet to find words capable of representing the body, especially in its desire. ” Together, these formulations yield two similar but far from identical representations of the body’s relationship to speech: first as a referent which speech cannot communicate, then as a barrier which speech cannot cross, and the poem seems to move from the first position to the second. Indeed, the shift from “to speak” to “and speak” might imply that the body’s difficulty is itself the cause of our broken speech across it.

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