As the man whose artistic output (including his poems, plays, and criticism) gave a credible voice to Modernism and pulled together many of its disparate elements Eliot deserves to be read. As well as one of the greatest literary minds of the century, Eliot is also important in that the his poetry is consistently well thought out but never coldy calculated: it always remains emotive. While there are few cheery moments, the poems all show the power of the modern mind, and an ability to transform his desolate surroundings into an art form. As well as his most famous works (including the classic piece of 'desolation writing' - 'The Waste Land', and the emptiness and fear of 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock') this collected edition allows us to see the development of one of the greatest poets of this century. While the printing is up to the same very high standards of quality that we have come to expect from Faber (one of the few companies who still print on decent paper) I do wonder why there are none of his poems from 1909 to 1916, especially as they are available elsewhere. While different in style, they would complete this insight into a poet who produced work that, while changing in tone, always remained provocative and stimulating (while at times sickening and mysoginous) and consistently readable. This is poetry for life.