Louis, Missouri  to establish a Unitarian Christian church there. His mother, Charlotte Champe Stearns —wrote poetry and was a social workera new profession in the early 20th century. Eliot was the last of six surviving children; his parents were both 44 years old when he was born. Known to family and friends as Tom, he was the namesake of his maternal grandfather, Thomas Stearns.
Poet as Conscience of the Age" T. Eliot in several writings and poems acknowledges a deep appreciation for and influence from Dante and The Divine Comedy. Eliot also argues against the modern notion of locking poetry into its cultural and personal settings without discovering the timelessness or holding poetry up to an eternal standard.
There are several connections between Dante and Eliot as evidenced through their writings. One is the two distinct types of suffering which we find evidenced in either. Suffering in the Inferno is hopeless, despairing, and often sad to look upon.
The souls damned in hell continue in their characters, no matter how great or low in life they were, and are almost content with their place in hell.
In spite of the eternal torture not one of them will ever remit of their sins or desire to be with God, and thus are consigned to suffering forever. Yet Eliot was not to spend his whole literary career writing on hopeless torment, as he later was converted to Christianity which affected not only his poetry but his import from Dante.
Now the stones which weighed so heavily on the proud, or the flames which burned the lustful, made complete sense when the end goal was the vision and presence of God. In the poetic image which forms almost a solemn prayer he writes in Ash Wednesday: But poetry can be penetrated by a philosophic idea, it can deal with this idea when it has reached the point of immediate acceptance, when it has become almost a physical modification.
The likeness and connection was more established in their careers as poets and philosophic writers, engaging the world they lived in and not judging the characters they develop.
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These characters are complex, difficult, but real and everywhere present. Eliot passed on a timeless treasure of literature to an audience who often neglected the ancient wisdom and tried to create new values and images. Yet, as Eliot shows, true emotions spark the same images in every age.
Essays on Poetry and Criticism, London:An excellent selection of essays by Eliot. He is at his best in many of these-- ascerbic, crisp and correct.
I am constantly amazed by the number of people who have opinions about the ideas and theories of Eliot, but who have never read his essays themselves. Eliot passed on a timeless treasure of literature to an audience who often neglected the ancient wisdom and tried to create new values and images.
Yet, as Eliot shows, true emotions spark the same images in every age.
Eliot, T.S., “Dante,” Selected Essays, Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York, , These are some of the many databases available to you as a member of Middletown Thrall Library: Artemis (now Gale Literary Sources) Searches the following databases (described below): Literature Criticism Online, Literature for Students, Literature Resource Center, and Something about the Author.
Dante's Influences on T.S. Eliot William Hunnicutt T.S. Eliot is considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century and his poetry was greatly influenced by Dante Alighieri.
Eliot's introduction to Dante was in his college years at Harvard, where he studied philosophy. Is there a nything better than T. S. Eliot talking about his debt to Dante?Here is the majority of his famous essay “What Dante Means to Me” (hence my own “What Eliot Means to Me”), which can be found in his collection of essays, To Criticize the Critic and Other Writings.
The essay was originally presented as a speech given at the Italian . Essays on Poetry and Criticism: T.S. Eliot: Eliot’s collection of essays on poetry and criticism covers such masters of verse as Dante and Blake as well as his critical views of poetic drama, rhetoric, blank verse and other critics such as Ben Johnson, Swinburne and Phillip Massinger.