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Collected Poems 1909-1962 by [Eliot, T.S.]
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T. S. Eliot's Collected Poems 1909-1962 is the best overview of Eliot's poetry available; including Prufrock and Other Observations, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, the Ariel Poems, Four Quartets and much else besides, Eliot's Collected Poems is indispensable for any reader of English poetry.

About the Author

THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (29 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TC3O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
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Eliot is the poet of all twentieth-century poets, and therefore one to be read and re-read. Especially valuable, to accompany the e-book, is the Audible.co.uk audiobook of him reading "The Waste Land, Four Quartets, & Other Poems". They're a powerful combination.
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By Ellie on 23 April 2017
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Excellent copy and delivered early too. Nothing but praise for the purchase and its management.
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I wanted this, so I could view the Four Quartets, but also a bit more if I felt inspired. This book contains a good selection. Cheaper than buying The four quartets on their own!
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Summarising the numerous strengths, wonders and delights of this collection in a way that properly reflects the scope, magnitude and genius of T.S. Eliot's poetry is an impossible task. Yet, ever since being given a page of 'The Waste Land' to analyse at A-Level (when I remember my initial reaction was very different - less exultation, more indignation!), Eliot's poetry fascinated me and still continues to fascinate; its wonderful images, characters and ideas foregrounding the chaos of modernism in illustrating the turbulent climate of the early 20th century .
Critics of Eliot damn his work for its difficulties - and one cannot deny that its complicated diversions into technical and structural experimentation, mythical reference and multilingual commentary do initially intimidate. The beauty of Eliot's poetry is that it grows with you. Crib notes in the margins of my original copy show how many interpretations are offered by Eliot's strange and strangely affecting verse, and how working with, and analysing, the poem over a period of time reaps rich rewards.
The timescale of work in this collection is also fascinating. Eliot's early poems, such as "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" and "Rhapsody on a Windy Night" sow seeds of malcontent, followed by the bawdy disturbing works of Poems 1920. 'The Waste Land' is, predictably but genuinely, a great meeting point of all Eliot's talents in its depiction of despair and disenchantment, but maybe not as fine a work as 'Four Quartets' which appears towards the end of the collection - a four part work written through the mid-30s to early forties. Eliot's conversion to Christianity in the late twenties infuses his later poems, giving them a sense of faith, hope and clarity which is seldom found in his earlier works.
This is a modern classic - buy it and love it!
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This is a great collection of poetry. Words cannot begin to begin describing how excellent T.S. Eliot in putting his thoughts into words, we'd be here for a long time.
The book itself contains the works from Prufrock to Quartets, chartering the motions of his writing career. It is a must if you require the works as they are, untranslated. The only footnotes come with The Waste Land, but even they are brief and require some further research (google should be sufficient but libaries still exist y'know).
Brilliant for the price. One of my favourite collections of poetry.
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TS Eliot - collected poems

TS Eliot was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1948, bracketed by the novelists Andre Gide and William Faulkner. He is a staple of English literature classes and one of the cornerstones of modernist writing. Despite his lofty reputation his language is straightforward, it is his references that render make his verse so impenetrable. Where the references are to now obscure texts like the Golden Bough it makes the texts more interesting, the more obviously religious poems lack the same mystery and impact.

He has a gift for putting together the smallest number of words to considerable effect, usually a rather bleak modern effect. This is a mixed bag, the major poems are here, along with some occasional verses which have an unconsidered immediacy rare in his works. There are some fragments that are more intriguing than entirely satisfying. No problems with spelling or formatting, though the lack of Old Possums Book of Practical Cats seems rather mean spirited, accordingly marking down to four.
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A good case can be made that Eliot is the most important poet in English of the 20th century and this is certainly my opinion. The oeuvre splits neatly into two: the early poetry of indirect feeling, many voices and moods with a pronounced irony,; the latter begins after 'The Wasteland' and culminates in the religious mysticism of the 'Four Quartets' which can be appreciated whether you are an agnostic like me or an Anglo-Catholic as he famously pronounced himself, (as well as "a Classicist, a Royalist in politics"). The big influence on the early poetry are the French Symbolists and particularly Jules Laforgue, whose "Complaint of the pianos that one hears in the better neighbourhoods" is fairly approximated in Eliot's sardonic, elusively desperate plight as he trawls all culture to "shore me up" against meaninglessness. By the 'Quartets, the irony is less to the fore but he can still be playful, although the subject now is the way time contains the timeless and how redemption is possible "now and in Engand". It is often cleverly paradoxical like the Metaphysical poets he revered and he too can be mined for quotations. He is an enigmatic odd, sonorous poet who is less impersonal than in his famous early 'voice' and endlessly interesting; that he influenced many generations of poets is no surprise.
My own favourite poem is the self-mocking 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and "I should have been a pair of ragged claws/ that scuttle across the floor of silent seas" merely the first to my mind of many quotable passages. 'Portrait of a Lady' is similarly poignant and intensely moving. He is, like Yeats. a poet that you are obliged to acquaint yourself with and, like many, you may start to write like him since his manner is contagious.
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