The Invisible Poet: T. S. Eliot

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SATIRES

Ezra Pound to Harriet Monroe, 1914-1915.

London, 22 September.

An American called Eliot called this P.M. I think he has some sense tho he has not yet sent me any verse. . . .

* * *

London, 30 September.

. . . I was jolly well right about Eliot. He has sent in the best poem I have yet had or seen from an American. PRAY GOD IT BE NOT A SINGLE AND UNIQUE SUCCESS. He has taken it back to get it ready for the press and you shall have it in a few days.

He is the only American I know of who has made what I can call adequate preparation for writing. He has actually trained himself and modernized himself on his own. The rest of the promising young have done one or the other but never both (most of the swine have done neither). It is such a comfort to meet a man and not have to tell him

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • I. POSSUM IN ARCADY 1
  • Prufrock 3
  • Laforgue and Others 13
  • Bradley 40
  • II. IN THE VORTEX 71
  • Satires 73
  • Criticism 94
  • Gerontion 124
  • III. THE DEATH OF EUROPE 143
  • The Waste Land 145
  • Hollow Men 183
  • IV. SWEENEY AMONG THE PUPPETS 195
  • Supplementary Dialogue on Dramatic Poetry 197
  • Sweeney and the Voice 222
  • V. THAT THINGS ARE AS THEY ARE 237
  • Ariel Poems 239
  • Ash-Wednesday 261
  • Murder in the Cathedral 276
  • VI. INTO OUR FIRST WORLD 287
  • Four Quartets 289
  • VII. POSSUM BY GASLIGHT 325
  • Prepared Faces 327
  • Index 343
  • About the Author 347
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