Thomas Stearns Eliot (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965) was a publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "arguably the most important English-language poet of the 20th century". Although he was born an American, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39.
The poem that made his name, The Love Song of J. ... more »
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''What life have you if you have not life together?T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), U.S.-bornBritish poet, critic. "Choruses from 'The Rock'...."
There is no life that is not in community,''
''It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves.''T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), U.S.-British modernist poet. Eliot's doctoral dissertation in philosophy; submitted to Harvard in 1916. Knowl...
''No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be:T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Prufrock and Other Observations (1917).
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince.''
''The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious.''T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, critic. repr. In Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot, ed. Frank Kermode (1975). "Tradition and ...