T. S. Eliot by Craig Raine
(Lives & Legacies (Oxford))

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The twentieth century's most famous poet and its most influential literary arbiter, T.S. Eliot has long been thought to be an obscure and difficult writer-forbiddingly learned, maddeningly enigmatic. In this compelling exploration, prize-winning poet Craig Raine finds a way to read and make sense of Eliot's full corpus. He illuminates a paradoxical Eliot--an exacting anti-romantic realist, skeptical of the emotions, yet incessantly troubled by the fear of emotional failure--through close readings of his poetry, with extended analyses of Eliot's two master works--The Waste Land and Four Quartets. Raine also examines Eliot's criticism--including his coinage of such key literary terms as the objective correlative, dissociation of sensibility, the auditory imagination, and his biography, crafting a book that provides a concise introduction for beginners and a provocative set of arguments for Eliot admirers.
 

About Craig Raine

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Craig Raine is Fellow and Tutor in English at New College, Oxford, and editor of Arete, a tri-quarterly arts magazine. Poet, literary critic, playwright, librettist, and editor, Raine has been a powerful voice and an adversarial, intellectually independent figure in the literary world for the last 40 years.
 
Published October 12, 2006 by Oxford University Press. 225 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Quoting from The Waste Land - 'Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead/ Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell/ And the profit and loss' - he merely asserts: 'This voice is part of Eliot's extraordinary power as a poet - and an inadvertent indication of the theory of impersonality.' Exp...

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The notion that writers should not have notions is a pretty weak one, but towards the end of his Auden essay Raine comes straight out and - echoing a favourite bleat of John Carey's - declares: "We need ideas, but not in our art."

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