What accounts for the striking differences in T. S. Eliot's early, middle, and late masterpieces - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," The Waste Land, and Four Quartets? Both in the development of his oeuvre and in the structure of individual poems, the common thread is a dialectical pattern of return - that is, of moving beyond opposites by looping back, a pattern articulated in his student work in philosophy in 1914 and in his last major poem. "We shall not cease from exploration/And the end of all our exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time" (Little Gidding V). The differences in content are evident in his movement from the existential to the cultural to the philosophical, and in style, from internal debate to juxtaposed fragments to meditation. A similar triadic dialectical pattern is evident in the exilic imagination that informs individual poems
Essays by university professors on their approaches to teaching various works by Eliot. Review of Scholarly Resources. List of musical adaptations and of Eliot's work in popular culture.
The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, vol. 1.
Brooker argues that modernism is characterized by a pattern of "mastery and escape," a play of opposites that moves forward by looping back, securing the future by redeeming the past. She explores the dialectical imagination in history, philosophy, psychology, and in Eliot’s major poems, including "The Waste Land" and "Four Quartets."
This subtle book is an incisive part-by-part analysis of a literary landmark, Eliot’s "The Waste Land" (1922), and a meditation on the nature of reading. Bringing cultural contexts and Eliot’s philosophical studies to bear, Brooker and Bentley clarify the way in which modernist texts both insist upon and defeat interpretation.
Most comprehensive gathering of contemporary reviews (American and British) of T. S. Eliot’s volumes of poetry, criticism, and plays. A historical overview by the editor, Jewel Spears Brooker, on major themes of the reviews and their broader influence. Checklists of reviews located but not included in volume.