Reading and Interpreting the Works of T.S. Eliot

Reading and Interpreting the Works of T.S. Eliot

by Naomi E. Pasachoff




"April is the crudest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain." Eliot's words may be well known to readers, but to fully understand his work, readers must also understand his life and world. The unique book combines biography with literary analysis and criticism guiding readers to understand how to read and interpret the classic works of legendary writer T. S. Eliot.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780766083561
Publisher: Enslow Publishing
Publication date: 01/28/2017
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface T. S. Eliot: A Longstanding Interest 7

Chapter 1 Pondering a Poet's Legacy: Introducing the Man and His Work 9

Chapter 2 Young Tom Eliot: Upbringing and Early Work 18

Chapter 3 Turning Points: Reading "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" 34

Chapter 4 The Career-Making Poem: Reading The Wasteland 50

Chapter 5 A Fresh Beginning: Reading The Hollow Men and Ash-Wednesday 66

Chapter 6 T. S. Eliot's Second Poetic Masterpiece? An Introduction to Four Quartets 77

Chapter 7 A Man of the Theatre: Eliot as Playwright (and Character) 95

Chapter 8 A Prolific Literary Critic: Reading Eliot's Essays 112

Chapter 9 The Last Years of T. S. Eliot: Happiness at Last 122

Chapter 10 T. S. Eliot in the 21st Century and Beyond: The Question of Legacy 131

Chronology 144

Chapter Notes 147

Literary Terms 169

Major Works by T. S. Eliot 171

Further Reading 172

Index 174

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