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Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot: York Notes Advanced [Paperback]

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9 Mar 2000 0582424593 978-0582424593 2
Key Features:

  • Study methods
  • Introduction to the text
  • Summaries with critical notes
  • Themes and techniques
  • Textual analysis of key passages
  • Author biography
  • Historical and literary background
  • Modern and historical critical approaches
  • Chronology
  • Glossary of literary terms


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 2 edition (9 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582424593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582424593
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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One of six wonderful poetry collections published to celebrate Faber's 80th anniversary. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He came to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A warning about the book description 9 April 2008
I give the book itself 5 stars. I don't have any comments to add to those already made, but did want to point out one thing:

don't be misled by the 'product description', as I was, which you get when viewing the details for this book on Amazon, which states:

Book Description
Key Features-
Study methods
Introduction to the text
Summaries with critical notes
Themes and techniques
Textual analysis of key passages
Author biography
Historical and literary background
Modern and historical critical approaches
Glossary of literary terms --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

This description DOES NOT describe the book - none of these are included (there are a few notes on The Wasteland, but that is it).
If you click on the word 'paperback' it takes you to another page showing a book of York Notes - this is what the 'product description' is describing.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First 28 Jun 2010
By Blink
This was the first book of poetry I ever bought. This exact edition. Wandering into Waterstones aged 14, my only previous experience with "adult" poetry being (because I was a moody teenage girl, and it's somewhat required of us) Sylvia Plath, I was initially attracted to "The Waste Land" because I thought it sounded dark and grand and apocalyptic. That, and because I was pretty sure Eliot wrote The Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats that I vaguely remembered reading as a child.

I was right on both counts. But it was hard going. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was difficult, but It took me four tries to get through the first section of "The Waste Land". I felt frustrated. I remember reading the whole poem through and simply saying "...What?" aloud to my room at three in the morning. But still, phrases leapt out at me: "A heap of broken images, where the sun beats...", "...I could not speak, and my eyes failed. I was neither living nor dead, and I knew nothing"... "Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison"... Although I didn't understand it, it was so beautiful that I had to keep reading, and gradually, meaning came. As I grew, so did my understanding of the poem, and my knowledge of the literature that Eliot slips into his work: when I first realised that "But at my back I always hear / the sound of horns and motors" was a reference to Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress" I felt like an archaeologist discovering a link between two ancient cultures on opposite sides of the globe. The first time I spotted Hamlet in there it felt like coming home. And now, even though I can recite passages by heart and wrote my A-level coursework on "The Waste Land", I still find something new whenever I read it.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Striking 8 Jan 2007
By R.J.W89
Eliot's poetry is not for the faint hearted. This collection consits of a range of his poetry from 1917 to 1930.The most famous of course, 'The Waste Land' is all in here. Anyone familiar with the Modernist movenment of the 1920s will easily see why 'The Waste Land' is a firm contender for one of the best pieces of Modernist Literature. It depicts a world that is decaying, spine-less, fruit-less and corrupt. 'The Waste Land' is a very personal analysis of Modern post-war life and I think it's easy to feel that his poetry can be slightly insular, in that it's quite difficult to understand what Eliot is trying to convey to the public, if anything.

However, there are some easier poems in here, with 'The Love song of J.Alfred Prufrock' coming in as one of my top pieces of poetry because of Eliot's striking word play.

I'd really recommend you read this because I think although it's rather personal to Eliot himself, I think it's equally personal to the individual reader, and there will be something in here that attracts you personally to his poetry.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like an orchestra tuning up 7 Jun 2010
By technoguy VINE VOICE
The Wasteland is a poem that has been severely edited by the `superior craftsman' Pound. We have a poem in five sections in free verse, freighted with erudition, literary allusions, quotations, cribbing lines from old poems, Dante,Shakespeare, Spenser, Marvell, Goldsmith, Baudelaire, Wagner, Nerval,Augustine and Buddha. He mingles a line from Marvel with snatched overheard conversation or a fragment of stage dialogue to produce an effect as of an orchestra tuning up.He has transformed bits and pieces of cultural scrap into a new broken, dissonant form.The title comes from Jessie L.Weston's From Ritual to Romance on the grail legend. The allusion is to the wounding of the Fisher King and the subsequent sterility of his lands.

. We know Eliot had had a breakdown and had taken leave from work when he wrote The Waste Land. There is a merging of the personal and the political. With Eliot's desire to escape from his personality through detachment in his work, he uses impersonality. The technique where variations of mental state are depicted through various personae and voices is radically experimental. We have a fractured narrative, changing voices and tonal shifts and we cannot identify who the voices are: who `we' `us' or `I' is.Through the indolence of illness he tapped the depths of his subconscious.This also comes after the First World War.

We need to remember Eliot is a major dramatic poet,(his most experimental work is Sweeney Agonistes)using dramatic monologue, dramatic meditation, striving to grasp a metaphysical condition that could be called religious in a world that knew nothing of it at a time when Eliot was non-Christian. He draws on the mythical method he admires in Ulysses, but the result is incoherent and messy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
For anyone who likes modern poetry; this is where it all begins. By far the most towering figure in poetry in the last century (or more) high up there with the likes of Homer and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandra Millighan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I'm a big fan of T.S. Eliot and really enjoyed this collection, his work is really impressive and interesting. Would recommend.
Published 13 months ago by Hal Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I was impressed with this book. It was filled with emotional poems of great intensity. Some are a little obscure.
Published 15 months ago by dan cahill
2.0 out of 5 stars Bought for Uni, not to my tastes.
I'm not a fan of Elliot. I won't be reading any more of this. The physical book itself is fine.
Published 19 months ago by Emily Bell
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Me!
Too clever by half. His latin and his allusions were difficult to understand. Some of the poetry 'flowed' but I could not always understand it.
Published 19 months ago by bill roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening
A must for all lovers of literature. These poems may seem baffling at first, but after having explored them in detail you will literally begin to see everything around you in a... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Riotgrrl
3.0 out of 5 stars Moving
This was a lovely book. Sadly it didn't have an introduction or such, but the poems are very much worth it, especially The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by aestheticmuse
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
There is poetry before Eliot and poetry after Eliot. Both can be excellent but they are not the same and there are very few writers of any form that have so influenced so many... Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by N. Alldridge
5.0 out of 5 stars T S Eliot - all his poems
All the poems you could ever need. Needed it for uni, not much else to say!
Published on 25 Sep 2010 by R. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest poems by the greatest poet
The book itself consists of a good-quality hardcover, and whilst the cover illustration isn't that good, the main merit of this edition is that it combines portability with... Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2009 by Bluegreendark
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