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Inventions of the March Hare: T.S. Eliot Poems, 1909-1917 Paperback – 1 Jan 1996

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Learning; 1st Harvest Ed edition (1 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156005875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156005876
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Christopher Ricks is a Warren Professor of the Humanities, codirector of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and a member of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. He was formerly professor of English at the universities of Bristol and Cambridge.

Ricks is the author of Milton's Grand Style (1963), Tennyson (second edition, 1989), Keats and Embarrassment (1974), The Force of Poetry (1984), T.S. Eliot and Prejudice (1988), Beckett's Dying Words (1993), Essays in Appreciation (1996), Allusion to the Poets (2002), and Reviewery (2003). He is also the editor of Poems of Tennyson (second edition, 1987), The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (1987), A.E. Housman: Collected Poems and Selected Prose (1988), Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917 by T.S. Eliot (1996), The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), Selected Poems of James Henry (2002), and Decisions and Revisions in T.S. Eliot (2003).


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Eliot is known to undergrads and postgrads as the genius poet of "Four Quartets" and "The Wasteland;" a man who wrote some of the greatest and most confusing verse of the twentieth century. While the rewards of exploration into such poems are certainly great, it is perhaps a more human need for emotional comfort. The above, professional reviews focus on the small section of bawdry verse in the work, but the majority of this collection is devoted to the great, early emotional works of Eliot. The only familiar poem to most readers will probably be "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (with a previously unpublished extension) and a more perfect banner work could not have been chosen. The poems are beautiful, concise, imagistic, painful, somber, but most of all lonely. Here in his early years Eliot is not living in an academic world, simply the world--with love, hypocrisy, doubt, joy, and emptiness. To read the greatest poet of our centu! ry describe that which is greatly profound is a privilege, here to read him describe what is simply profound is a gift. I recommend this book over all other collections of Eliot's or anyone else's verse. If you were not one of the 11th graders who discarded Prufrock as a helpless reject, and instead saw him as a deeply lonely individual much like ourselves, this volume is for you. It will touch your life and make you just that much more complete.
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Scholars (including myself) have had access to these unpublished poems for years, but have only been able to summarise them, as anything else would amount to publication and therefore be illegal.

Here they are in print at last - a must for any student or fan of Eliot. An important insight into the developing mind and technique of one of the 20th century's greatest poets.
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HASH(0x9386ede0) out of 5 stars The Quintessential Collection of Lonely Verse 21 July 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Eliot is known to undergrads and postgrads as the genius poet of "Four Quartets" and "The Wasteland;" a man who wrote some of the greatest and most confusing verse of the twentieth century. While the rewards of exploration into such poems are certainly great, it is perhaps a more human need for emotional comfort. The above, professional reviews focus on the small section of bawdry verse in the work, but the majority of this collection is devoted to the great, early emotional works of Eliot. The only familiar poem to most readers will probably be "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (with a previously unpublished extension) and a more perfect banner work could not have been chosen. The poems are beautiful, concise, imagistic, painful, somber, but most of all lonely. Here in his early years Eliot is not living in an academic world, simply the world--with love, hypocrisy, doubt, joy, and emptiness. To read the greatest poet of our centu! ry describe that which is greatly profound is a privilege, here to read him describe what is simply profound is a gift. I recommend this book over all other collections of Eliot's or anyone else's verse. If you were not one of the 11th graders who discarded Prufrock as a helpless reject, and instead saw him as a deeply lonely individual much like ourselves, this volume is for you. It will touch your life and make you just that much more complete.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9386e4b0) out of 5 stars Missing Link 27 Oct. 2009
By elfin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's not Eliot's best work of course, but that's not why I bought it. I ordered this collection to better understand Eliot before he became Eliot. I found a few books of his very early poetry in my local university's library, but nothing for the years between childhood and Prufrock. I think I've gained a little more insight into one of my favorite modern poets.
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HASH(0x9398f900) out of 5 stars Inventions of the March Hare 9 Aug. 2012
By jess2015 - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love this book. I've always been a fan of T. S. Eliot, so I was very happy with "Inventions of the March Hare". It contains all of the famed Prufrock poems, as well as other well-known and previously unpublished poetry. There are also explanatory notes after the poems, and it even includes letters written by Eliot. I highly recommend "Inventions" for any Eliot, or poetry, fan.
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HASH(0x937a14d4) out of 5 stars Happy expansion of the T.S. Eliot catalogue! 23 Sept. 2014
By Brandon Matuja - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a huge T.S. Eliot fan, I'm of course biased. But this collection of poems written in the years right before the publication of his first volume of poetry ("Prufrock and Other Observations") will fascinate his other fans, and perhaps other readers as well. Truth be told, these earlier poems often lack the power and immortality of Eliot's later, more popular poetry, but then again the main attraction here is simply that these are previously unpublished poems now available, and they reveal more hints and examples of Eliot's own spiritual journey as a poet, finding his voice. (There are plenty of notes and footnotes, also, to aid in our understanding.) From what I recall of Eliot's biographies, this was the period when the poet was most heavily influenced by the French poet Jules LaForgue, and like him was experimenting with poeticizing the mundane, the commonplace, and even things like marionettes and clowns. There are real treasures and revelations to be discovered in this volume.
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HASH(0x93ed2e94) out of 5 stars Eliot's early poetry is neglected. Perhaps it does not ... 16 Oct. 2014
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Eliot's early poetry is neglected. Perhaps it does not rise to the level of the stuff we read- but is fascinating none the less.
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