Thomas Stearns Eliot

(1888-1965 / Missouri / United States)

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  • Rookie - 522 Points Michael Walker (1/28/2015 7:48:00 PM)

    I got to know Eliot's poetry as a student, and I found his poems very different, and better, than anything I had read before. 'The Waste Land'-an obscure but brilliant poem of many voices. 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock'- a rambling inner monologue by an invented character (persona) .

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  • Rookie David Yelland (11/8/2013 5:20:00 PM)

    A wonderful poet who's poetry has changed my life

  • Rookie Jared Midwood (5/8/2013 2:03:00 PM)

    The Waste Land is the most important piece of American literature ever published. It is Eliot's tour-de-force, a stunningly realistic portrayal of the downfall of western civilization. It was the first poem to require pages and pages of footnotes! I think it contained 50 or more references to classic literature and music...

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kimberly Kastner (4/22/2006 2:32:00 PM)

    I got his book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats for my b-day a couple years ago. All the poems in that book are so cute! My favorite one is 'Cat Morgan Introduces Himself.' I liked how Eliot changed the spelling of some of the words to show Morgan's accent.

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kimberly Kastner (4/22/2006 2:29:00 PM)

    I got his book Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats for my b-day a couple years ago. All the poems in that book are so cute! My favorite one is 'Cat Morgan Introduces Himself.' I liked how Eliot changed the spelling of some of the words to show Morgan's accent.

The Waste Land

'Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis
vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent:
Sibylla ti theleis; respondebat illa: apothanein thelo.'

I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD
April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

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