Thomas EliotT. S. Eliot was a very influential pessimist, always and constantly thriving onhis hatred of little things and his love life. Eliot was born in St.
LouisMissouri – 1888 ad. His parents were both writers and loved the arts, mosteffectively passing on the genes to their son. While growing up he learned manythings, his parents were extremely social and intellectual and they pushed himto achieve the highest of statuses. He went to college at Harvard University andthen moved to London to go to Oxford. He then became a citizen of England in1915.
While in England Eliot held many jobs to keep the payments on his 5thfloor English apartment and his college tuition. Eliot quickly became popularwith Britain and was known as a great poet and a literal critic. Eliot is bestknown for two of his works: The Waste Land (1922) and The Love Song of J. AlfredPrufrock (1915).Order now
Actually the Love song is the beginning of the Waste Land. TheWaste Land is in 5 parts, so it is more of a story in poetical form. In the LoveSong, Eliot actually sounds a bit like a optimist, quite frankly though his own?waste land?steps in half way through. This is his only poetic work I like.
But it will never be at the top of any of my lists. In this ?song? , JAP (J. Alfred Prufrock) is writing a letter to his honey, the girl he is in love with. In this poem Eliot uses a lot of visual imagery, he is very good with hisadjectives and brings such a happy correlation of thought into a grim reality hewould call his ?Waste Land?.
He talks of how : In the room the women comeand go Talking of Michelangelo. – TLSJAP stanza 13 and 14 It has been my thoughtthat this may signify his ?type?. Eliot, again was an intellectual and thenso he would most likely hang out where the smart people were and get away from:Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurant withoyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent. – stanzas 6-9 He actually gives the evidence to where he found his women, andhow he likes to stroll through the outdoors and ending up in places ofeloquence, and ?High Society?. Even though he had a medium amount of money. He was still accepted in places for lower pay because of his high intelligenceand the intelligence of his women.
People enjoyed his company. He goes ontalking about how there will always be time for us referring to the love thatwhich he shares for her, and that there will always be time for things, butletting each other look at the joy as present and the escape from his ?WasteLand?. He goes on in stanza 37 – 48 telling how they would grow old together,while still with the people that surround them that they love so dearly. He thentells of how he ?knows? things and how life always goes (evidence ofrealism) in stanzas 49 – 54. Now here you can start to sense his pessimisticside shed a bit, talking of the: To spit out all the butt-ends of my days andways, And how should I presume? Stanza 60 & 61 Of course I guess you couldtake that as a repentance line but, I don’t think so, lets go on.
From stanzas70 – 86 it shows what I think is his deep side and talking as if he wereactually a Realist which he probably was, at least to me. He humbles himself agreat deal , which is good , but talks of how things slowly fade , referring alot to his baldness and how age takes a toll on relationships. This is myfavorite part of the poem, because he brings you into his soul, not just lettingyou taste the action . I feel that this is how he lived life. Always leavingpeople to taste the good stuff around him but behind his eyes ly his brain andbehind his brain his heart and when his company least expected it, ?I couldsee him waving his hands and saying?, ?Come all! Come! Come!.
. . come and feelmy pain. .
. come and pity me. . .
come and think I am humble. . . .
. even though Idon’t care much of any of you. ? That is the picture I get of JAP who is alsoEliot, in life, but yet his background, his unnoticeable conscience. In stanza87 – 98 he speaks of his anxiousness to ask people into his ?Waste land? ,his wanting to let them see his truth. Then he tries to cover for himself bysaying: Should I say: ?That is not what I meant at all, That is not it, atall. ? stanzas 97 & 98 In stanzas 119 and finishing the poem at 131 he endsoff, sorry to say, in a pessimistic tone of self pity and morbidity.
He talksabout his age weighing on his soul and never being what he wants to look like inthe eyes of others and his eagerness in death by saying: We have lingered in thechambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till humanvoices wake us, and we drown. stanzas 129 – 131 That is a great background onhow Eliot viewed life. Realistically and fading into the distance with lovemeaning nothing at all. Well, on to what is called T.
S. Eliot’s ?WasteLand?. To brief you on my thoughts I very much dislike this poem for manyreason which will be laid out in the next couple paragraphs. The poem is simplya look in to the soul of Eliot, a man with great writing capabilities but usesthem for the pleasure of striking his enemy and hiding the truth without beingup-front, using stories of ancient myths in German and Latin to convey hisapathy. Eliot throughout this whole poems loves to mock and scorn his ex-wife. ?Her sexual desire he could not satisfy and whose love he cannot return.
? -T. S. Eliot’s Waste land. Page 98 by: James E. Miller.
Jr. He uses manysexually explicit gestures in the writing because that was the only way hisfantasies could be met. . .
through writing. ?I think the man is sick, he’sfull of crap!? – Eric Paoletti But he reveals his hatred toward her in theselines: More sinned against than sinning , bruised and marred, The lazy laughingJenny of the Bard. (The same eternal and consuming itch Can make a martyr and aconsuming bitch) There is much more but as you can see not very appropriate atall. Again this man won a Nobel Prize and was loved by Americans and theEnglish. ?How on Earth did he achieve that?? Probably because that is whatthe world is hungry for.
Explains acts of fantasizing date rape and the hatredof his wife that he loved so much in the Love Letter, than leading into divorce. Overall if you ask me, T. S. Eliot didn’t need fame, fortune and the NobelPrize. He needed serious mental help and most importantly, the God he talked ofso vaguely throughout his writing. BibliographyT.
S. Eliot’s Personal waste land. By: James E. Miller Jr.
Copyright 1977Published by: The Penn. State University Press, University Park and LondonThomas Sterns Eliot (1888 – 1965)