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Book Title: Prufrock and Other Observations|
The author of the book: T.S. Eliot
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Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Date of issue: September 10th 2010
ISBN 13: 9781162681122
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T S Eliot's first pamphlet of poetry, Prufrock and Other Observations was incessantly hyped before publication by Ezra Pound, the one time modernist poet and erstwhile fascist campaigner during the Second World War, although that shouldn't be used as a stick to beat Eliot, even if there were many doubts about his own sympathies at the time (particularly in relation to his alleged anti-Semitism).
While Eliot used allusions to such an extent that some wondered whether he was in fact guilty of plagiarism, I would have to say that I don't think he was a plagiarist. As he said himself: ‘No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists’.
So while he undoubtedly used a lot of other sources, he manipulated them into entirely original montages - indeed he and other Modernists have been descibed as montage artists. Eliot was one of the main architects of the Modernist movement in literature alongside the likes of James Joyce.
On the surface, the poems in Prufrock seem so dense as to be almost impenetrable. However, by making the effort to reach into the depths of these poems, the reader will be rewarded with a richly woven, colourful and philosophical tapestry.
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Read information about the authorThomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, dramatist and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry." He wrote the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four Quartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party; and the essay Tradition and the Individual Talent. Eliot was born an American, moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at the age of 25), and became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39.
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