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A Reader's Guide to T.S. Eliot: A Poem-By-Poem Analysis [Hardcover]

George Williamson

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Jun 1965
This volume examines the poems of T.S. Eliot, work by work.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing wrong with the way this book was written 26 Dec 2005
By Ivan Yager - Published on Amazon.com
"No one has examined the poems more sensitively or set down his results more lucidly. His analyses of 'The Waste Land' and of many other poems are the most complete, reliable, and forthright yet written; they are the product of a deep and long knowledge of Eliot's work."

--Richard Ellman
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GUIDE TO T. S. ELIOT 23 Aug 2013
By THOMAS JENSEN - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Williamson's outstanding contribution to Western poetry comes alive with this guide on the man who turned poetry on its head; T. S. Eliot. Anyone who owns any edition of poetry by Eliot must have this as the preeminent guide. I'd most strongly suggest having this next to you as you read Faber's, "The Complete Poems and Plays of T. S. Eliot". I'd rank this book up there with Norton's Critical Edition of, "The Waste Land".

Mr. Williamson's rendering has sustained six editions. Obviously, there is still a demand for this thorough guide.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cull your highschool essays from here.. 3 Mar 2003
By George Carless - Published on Amazon.com
I've not been well pleased by this book. Though some of its insights are valuable, and though it is somewhat well researched and fairly comprehensive, it's a chore to read. The author has a style that borders on the incomprehensible -- one feels that he is one of these people who uses tortuous turns of phrase in the mistaken belief that they'll make him seem sophisticated. As a result, the text is disjointed and difficult, its arguments meandering and ill-defined. Williamson has some good ideas, and probably knows what he means, but doesn't get his points across clearly -- it's almost as though he's trying to emulate Eliot's style (or to merely restate the poetry as prose) and, frankly, one often feels as though Williamson has ideas above his station.
In short, this has all of the hallmarks of high school essay-writing -- perhaps the author has spent too long in the company of his students. Using 'difficult' language is neither big nor clever if it serves only to obfuscate meaning; here, the wealth of double-negatives, run-on sentences and unexplained, bewildering conjecture is simply not helpful to the reader of an already difficult poet. If the reader works at it, he or she will gleam some benefit from this book - but there are far better, and better written, works out there. If in doubt, take a look at the excerpts on this site -- it may be that the rather purple prose will appeal to some readers; but I regret that where I had hoped for intelligent discourse, I instead found awkwardly adolescent writing that thought itself more clever than it actually was.
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