Tracing T. S. Eliot's Spirit: Essays on his Poetry and Thought (Paperback)
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Tracing T. S. Eliot's Spirit: Essays on his Poetry and Thought (Paperback)

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T. S. Eliot's lifelong quest for a world of the spirit is the theme of this book by leading Eliot scholar A. David Moody. The first four essays in the collection map Eliot's spiritual geography: the American taproot of his poetry, his profound engagement with the philosophy and religion of India, his near and yet detached relations with England, and his problematic cultivation of a European mind. At the centre of the collection is a study of the Latin poem Pervigilium Veneris, a fragment of which figures enigmatically in the concluding lines of The Waste Land. The third part of the collection is a set of five investigations of Eliot's poems, dealing particularly with The Waste Land, Ash Wednesday and Four Quartets, and attending to how they express and shape what he called 'the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being'.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521060967
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 296 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'This new book by the author of the excellent Thomas Stearns Eliot: Poet is unusually well-written and wise. Its strengths lie in a sense of mature, richly informed, yet unpompous reflection on Eliot's poetry and construction of a poetic self. This tone of alert wisdom, rare in contemporary academic writing, makes the book one which is likely to be helpful and appealing to students, and enjoyed by Eliot scholars.' Robert Crawford
"Clearly organized, stylishly written, these essays make for a pleasant stroll through Eliot's oeuvre....in his tracings of Eliot's spirit, Moody offers not just a sketch but a fully articulated portrait of this continually enigmatic poet." Richard Badenhausen, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920
"...Moody ranges far and wide in his discussion of Eliot's `spirit'. ...Moody gives valuable accounts of the various sources of influence to be found in Eliot's poetry, and in general shows his own considerable range as an Eliot scholar." Colin A. Clarke, American Studies International
"Moody is a skilled and experienced reader of Eliot, and he is particularly good at approaching the poetry from what he calls "different angles of vision" (xviii), so as to tease out the serpentine implications if his work. There is an excellent essay here on Eliot's "American Strain", the way the native of Saint Louis expresses the idea of national character through natural speech rhythms, as well as an interesting piece on the poet's interest in Eastern religion. ...this is a valuable book...." Paul Giles, Religion and the Arts

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