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On Poetry and Poets by T. S. Eliot

On Poetry and Poets (1957)

by T. S. Eliot

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Thoughtful essays on a wide variety of topics written in a lucid elegant prose which is a joy to read. Eliot's has an unwavering belief that poetry shapes and vitalizes the language and, indeed, the culture, but there is a wistful sense that he knows that poetry does not, in fact, fulfill this function. These essays, many of which were originally delivered as addresses, are more easy-going than some of the better known earlier efforts; the opinions are tempered and less given to ex cathedra pronouncements. His tone is more fatherly than paternalistic. He is especially good in discussing why minor poetry matters, but I found his discussion of the social function of poetry, the proper role of poetry criticism, and Great Poets (in the context of Goethe) less satisfactory. There are excellent essays on Milton, Johnson, Byron, Yeats, and perhaps surprisingly, on Kipling. ( )
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The Nobel Prize-winning poet's literary essays and lectures on Virgil, Sir John Davies, Milton, Johnson, Byron, Goethe, Kipling, Yeats, and the art of poetry.

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