Tuesday, September 11, 2012

T.S. Eliot



Born:
September 26,1888 in Saint Louis, Missouri

Early Life:
           TS Eliot Was raised in Saint Louis Missouri. He struggled with a congenital double hernia, a condition where one’s intestines jut through the bowel wall and cause abdominal ruptures. Because of this, Eliot was put on sports restriction, only rather than just being sports, he essentially couldn't socialize. As Eliot was often isolated, he developed a love for literature.

Education:
            1898 to 1905, Eliot attended Smith Academy
            1906 to 1909: studied philosophy at Harvard
            Graduate work in philosophy: 
                        Sorbonne (1910 - 1911)
                        Harvard (1909 - 1910, 1911-1914)
                        Merton College, Oxford (1914 - 1915)

Famous Works:
            “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (published 1910)
            “Gerontion” (published 1920)
            “The Waste Land” (published 1922)
“The Hollow Men” (published 1925)
“Ash Wednesday” (published 1930)

Died:
January 4, 1965

Photo:


HERE I am, an old man in a dry month,
Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain.
I was neither at the hot gates
Nor fought in the warm rain
Nor knee deep in the salt marsh, heaving a cutlass,        5
Bitten by flies, fought.
My house is a decayed house,
And the jew squats on the window sill, the owner,
Spawned in some estaminet of Antwerp,
Blistered in Brussels, patched and peeled in London.        10
The goat coughs at night in the field overhead;
Rocks, moss, stonecrop, iron, merds.
The woman keeps the kitchen, makes tea,
Sneezes at evening, poking the peevish gutter.
 
                    I an old man,        15
A dull head among windy spaces.
 
Signs are taken for wonders. “We would see a sign”:
The word within a word, unable to speak a word,
Swaddled with darkness. In the juvescence of the year
Came Christ the tiger        20
 
In depraved May, dogwood and chestnut, flowering judas,
To be eaten, to be divided, to be drunk
Among whispers; by Mr. Silvero
With caressing hands, at Limoges
Who walked all night in the next room;        25
By Hakagawa, bowing among the Titians;
By Madame de Tornquist, in the dark room
Shifting the candles; Fraulein von Kulp
Who turned in the hall, one hand on the door. Vacant shuttles
Weave the wind. I have no ghosts,        30
An old man in a draughty house
Under a windy knob.
 
After such knowledge, what forgiveness? Think now
History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors
And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions,        35
Guides us by vanities. Think now
She gives when our attention is distracted
And what she gives, gives with such supple confusions
That the giving famishes the craving. Gives too late
What’s not believed in, or if still believed,        40
In memory only, reconsidered passion. Gives too soon
Into weak hands, what’s thought can be dispensed with
Till the refusal propagates a fear. Think
Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices
Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues        45
Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes.
These tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree.
 
The tiger springs in the new year. Us he devours. Think at last
We have not reached conclusion, when I
Stiffen in a rented house. Think at last        50
I have not made this show purposelessly
And it is not by any concitation
Of the backward devils
I would meet you upon this honestly.
I that was near your heart was removed therefrom        55
To lose beauty in terror, terror in inquisition.
I have lost my passion: why should I need to keep it
Since what is kept must be adulterated?
I have lost my sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch:
How should I use it for your closer contact?        60
 
These with a thousand small deliberations
Protract the profit of their chilled delirium,
Excite the membrane, when the sense has cooled,
With pungent sauces, multiply variety
In a wilderness of mirrors. What will the spider do,        65
Suspend its operations, will the weevil
Delay? De Bailhache, Fresca, Mrs. Cammel, whirled
Beyond the circuit of the shuddering Bear
In fractured atoms. Gull against the wind, in the windy straits
Of Belle Isle, or running on the Horn,        70
White feathers in the snow, the Gulf claims,
And an old man driven by the Trades
To a a sleepy corner.
 
                    Tenants of the house,
Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season.        75



                     

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