A T. S. Eliot Companion: Life and Works by F. B. Pinion

By F. B. Pinion

Aiming to supply a accomplished survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article might be of particular price to academics of all educational degrees and to college and school scholars at domestic and in a foreign country.

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They reveal a philosophical preference for poets such as Cavalcanti and Dante, whose way of regarding subjects ontologically (sub specie aetemitatis) is superior to Laforgue's immature glimpses of unintegrated truth or those limitations in the area of Donne's thought which result from his concentration on ingenuities of conceit for emotional effects. Geoffrey Faber recommended Eliot for a research fellowship at All Souls, but, after hearing reports on his poetry, its august representatives rejected his application, only A.

In the early years of his marriage, he had visited churches in the City during his lunch hours , sometimes to admire their beauty (notably that of St Magnus the Martyr by Chrisopher Wren), more and more often for the sake of peace, contemplation, and spiritual refreshment. Cobden-Sanderson introduced him to William Force Stead, an American who had become ordained in the Church of England; Stead interested him in Anglican writings of the seventeenth century, and he was particularly captivated by the sermons of Lancelot Andrewes.

Eliot had good cause to think her original; she shows sharp observation , distinctive satirical humour, and a gift for harmonious selection and organization. One item purports to give a young woman's impressions of life on the Left Bank in Paris, where to post a letter after dinner would damn her for life. Three pieces relate to Sybilla: 'T he Dansant', 'Night Club', and 'Fete Galante', evidently fictionalized recollections, the first perhaps of Eliot not responding animatedly to petulant coaching in the one-step.

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