Aug
28

Summary of Summer Research

This summer, I chose to start working on my thesis by beginning with an understanding of the poet (T.S. Eliot) and the circumstances in his life leading to the formulation of The Waste Land. My thesis will focus on fertility and the role of women throughout the poem. This meant it was essential that I…
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Aug
28

Of Masks and Pretensions

T.S. Eliot was always one to hide behind layer after layer of meaning in his poetry – and in life, he behaved much the same, hiding his true self and feelings under layers of pretense and a face many likened to a mask. This was something that particularly struck me as I read through Eliot…
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Aug
27

Eliot’s Spiritual Journey

In addition to gaining insight into T.S. Eliot’s first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood this summer, I wanted to understand the poet himself. The best biography of Eliot I read was T.S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life, by Lyndall Gordon. Gordon treated Eliot’s life as a journey to spiritual fulfillment and redemption, following his early years under the…
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Aug
27

The Eliot Marriage: A Summary

Through my past blog posts, a clear portrait of the Eliot marriage should have emerged. Disastrous is not the word for the relationship between T.S. Eliot and Vivienne Haigh-Wood – it both encompasses too little as well as too much.

Aug
27

When T.S. Eliot Ghosts You