Pioneer The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915),

Pioneer of the
Modernist movement in literature, Thomas Stearns Eliot, is one of the most
outstanding poet, literary figure, dramatist and editor in the twentieth
century England. Admired by many, Igor Stravinsky commented on Eliot as ‘not
only as a sorcerer of words but as the very keeper of language’. Born in 26
Sept 1888, his hometown St. Louis, Missouri has fuelled and influenced his
literary perception and career that provided him ample ambience and environment.
And considered him to be lucky to born there, rather than in the chaotic cities
of New York or Boston. After many travelling and his education in Oxford and
Harvard, he settled in England in 1914.The Order of Merit and Nobel Peace Prize
were awarded to him until his death at the age of 76 in 4 Jan 1965.

     Settling in England gave him the
opportunity for the meeting the great American literary figure Ezra Pound that
changed the course of his life for the better. It was Ezra Pound who encouraged
him and introduced him in the many social events and functions which helped him
to gain recognition. In many years Ezra Pound is credited with the honour of
making Eliot who he is and helped him a great deal in establishing his career
as a poet. Eliot started writing at
the age of fourteen and exhibited his genius in writing through the many works
like The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915),
which is often hailed as the classical example of Modernist movement that used
the method of stream of consciousness . It was later followed by many other notable
works like the Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930), Four
Quartets (1943), Murder in the
Cathedral (1953) and The Cocktail
Party (1949).

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     Original draft of the poem The Waste Land was twice as long as when
compared to the published version i.e. the 434 line poem came to existence when
Ezra Pound removed and edited the long and complex material. The Eliot
published the Love
Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), which is often hailed as
the classical example of Modernist movement that used the method of stream of
consciousness . It was later followed by many other notable works like the Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930), Four
Quartets (1943), Murder in the
Cathedral (1953) and The Cocktail
Party (1949).     Original draft of the poem The Waste Land was twice as long as when
compared to the published version i.e. the 434 line poem came to existence when
Ezra Pound removed and edited the long and complex material. The Eliot
published the poem in dedication to Ezra calling him ‘il miglior fabbo’ meaning ‘the better craftsman’. The poem
consisting of five sections expressed in fragmented images that changes from
one speaker to another, from place to place which can be incomprehensible to
many a first. Alternating in narrations, the first part titled Burial of the Dead is followed by the
second part titled ‘A Game of Chess. The third section
titled ‘The Fire Sermon’ merges the
images of the Thames, the legend of the seer Tiresias. The fourth section ‘Death by Water’ briefly discusses the
drowned sailor Phlebas while the fifth part titled ‘What the Thunder Said’ incorporates many religious themes.  For
a poem discussing about intense and fragmented images that is deliberately made
unconnected to give a shifting effect, it also contains water as a symbol
signifying diverse meanings and interpretations. A dual meaning of life and
death in particular. Destruction and reconstruction. When Eliot centres the
poem mostly on the barrenness of the land in the first part of the poem, where
there is no water, he is indirectly portraying the psychological and cultural
catastrophe the World War I has brought upon the common life resulting in a
world that he could not stand. His employment of the water as an image plays a
major role in different sections that corresponds to different contexts. It is
the lack of water that brings out the horrors in the waste land. Without water,
the symbol of fertility, there is no scope for anything to exist. It not only
plays the role of Giver of life but also of the Taker of life.

     The many lines in the first section of the
poem indicates the land without water becoming dry and barren, which in return
refers to the pathetic existence of the non-spiritual modern world and the
hopelessness Eliot had for the world. The repeated references to the barren
land, without water, also indirectly refer to the sterility and absence of hope
which is evident in the The Burial of the
Dead. The warning ‘Fear death by water’ given by Madame Sosostris after
drawing a tarot card which says ‘the drowned Phonecian Sailor’ is reflected in
the fourth section. The Death by Water
which is considered to be the most organised and the shortest one briefly describes
the death of Phlebas, the Phonecian. As the poem progresses the length of the
line varies, shortening and lengthening, as of the course of a river. As the
title suggests, here the water is represented as the bringer of death, the
ultimate destiny of mankind. Phonecian who are expert in sailing and conquering
the sea is brought down by the very sea he has been controlling and has been
food of the sea life for a fortnight. He who once had command over the currents  tarot card which says ‘the drowned Phonecian
Sailor’ is reflected in the fourth section. The
Death by Water which is considered to be the most organised and the
shortest one briefly describes the death of Phlebas, the Phonecian. As the poem
progresses the length of the line varies, shortening and lengthening, as of the
course of a river. As the title suggests, here the water is represented as the
bringer of death, the ultimate destiny of mankind. Phonecian who are expert in sailing
and conquering the sea is brought down by the very sea he has been controlling
and has been food of the sea life for a fortnight. He who once had command over
the currents now is under the command of currents.  The speaker defines the man as handsome and
tall, having the spirits of a young passionate sailor and his sudden death is a
warning to everyone who thinks life is forever. The young sailor is brought
down by a whirlpool (318) that shut him in the darkness forever in the watery
grave. A current under the sea picked his bone, the only remains of his body
and it fell and rise as waves moves. His body has been reduced to something so
trivial when compared to nature and its power. Everything he has accomplished
so far in his life now floats above the sea like wind and it reminds him of his
age and youth again and again as the currents moves him. He is helpless and is
trapped in his circumstances that drowns him  helpless
and is trapped in his circumstances that drowns him again in his past entering
in a whirlpool.

Pioneer of the
Modernist movement in literature, Thomas Stearns Eliot, is one of the most
outstanding poet, literary figure, dramatist and editor in the twentieth
century England. Admired by many, Igor Stravinsky commented on Eliot as ‘not
only as a sorcerer of words but as the very keeper of language’. Born in 26
Sept 1888, his hometown St. Louis, Missouri has fuelled and influenced his
literary perception and career that provided him ample ambience and environment.
And considered him to be lucky to born there, rather than in the chaotic cities
of New York or Boston. After many travelling and his education in Oxford and
Harvard, he settled in England in 1914.The Order of Merit and Nobel Peace Prize
were awarded to him until his death at the age of 76 in 4 Jan 1965.

     Settling in England gave him the
opportunity for the meeting the great American literary figure Ezra Pound that
changed the course of his life for the better. It was Ezra Pound who encouraged
him and introduced him in the many social events and functions which helped him
to gain recognition. In many years Ezra Pound is credited with the honour of
making Eliot who he is and helped him a great deal in establishing his career
as a poet. Eliot started writing at
the age of fourteen and exhibited his genius in writing through the many works
like The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915),
which is often hailed as the classical example of Modernist movement that used
the method of stream of consciousness . It was later followed by many other notable
works like the Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930), Four
Quartets (1943), Murder in the
Cathedral (1953) and The Cocktail
Party (1949).

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     Original draft of the poem The Waste Land was twice as long as when
compared to the published version i.e. the 434 line poem came to existence when
Ezra Pound removed and edited the long and complex material. The Eliot
published the Love
Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), which is often hailed as
the classical example of Modernist movement that used the method of stream of
consciousness . It was later followed by many other notable works like the Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men (1925), Ash Wednesday (1930), Four
Quartets (1943), Murder in the
Cathedral (1953) and The Cocktail
Party (1949).     Original draft of the poem The Waste Land was twice as long as when
compared to the published version i.e. the 434 line poem came to existence when
Ezra Pound removed and edited the long and complex material. The Eliot
published the poem in dedication to Ezra calling him ‘il miglior fabbo’ meaning ‘the better craftsman’. The poem
consisting of five sections expressed in fragmented images that changes from
one speaker to another, from place to place which can be incomprehensible to
many a first. Alternating in narrations, the first part titled Burial of the Dead is followed by the
second part titled ‘A Game of Chess. The third section
titled ‘The Fire Sermon’ merges the
images of the Thames, the legend of the seer Tiresias. The fourth section ‘Death by Water’ briefly discusses the
drowned sailor Phlebas while the fifth part titled ‘What the Thunder Said’ incorporates many religious themes.  For
a poem discussing about intense and fragmented images that is deliberately made
unconnected to give a shifting effect, it also contains water as a symbol
signifying diverse meanings and interpretations. A dual meaning of life and
death in particular. Destruction and reconstruction. When Eliot centres the
poem mostly on the barrenness of the land in the first part of the poem, where
there is no water, he is indirectly portraying the psychological and cultural
catastrophe the World War I has brought upon the common life resulting in a
world that he could not stand. His employment of the water as an image plays a
major role in different sections that corresponds to different contexts. It is
the lack of water that brings out the horrors in the waste land. Without water,
the symbol of fertility, there is no scope for anything to exist. It not only
plays the role of Giver of life but also of the Taker of life.

     The many lines in the first section of the
poem indicates the land without water becoming dry and barren, which in return
refers to the pathetic existence of the non-spiritual modern world and the
hopelessness Eliot had for the world. The repeated references to the barren
land, without water, also indirectly refer to the sterility and absence of hope
which is evident in the The Burial of the
Dead. The warning ‘Fear death by water’ given by Madame Sosostris after
drawing a tarot card which says ‘the drowned Phonecian Sailor’ is reflected in
the fourth section. The Death by Water
which is considered to be the most organised and the shortest one briefly describes
the death of Phlebas, the Phonecian. As the poem progresses the length of the
line varies, shortening and lengthening, as of the course of a river. As the
title suggests, here the water is represented as the bringer of death, the
ultimate destiny of mankind. Phonecian who are expert in sailing and conquering
the sea is brought down by the very sea he has been controlling and has been
food of the sea life for a fortnight. He who once had command over the currents  tarot card which says ‘the drowned Phonecian
Sailor’ is reflected in the fourth section. The
Death by Water which is considered to be the most organised and the
shortest one briefly describes the death of Phlebas, the Phonecian. As the poem
progresses the length of the line varies, shortening and lengthening, as of the
course of a river. As the title suggests, here the water is represented as the
bringer of death, the ultimate destiny of mankind. Phonecian who are expert in sailing
and conquering the sea is brought down by the very sea he has been controlling
and has been food of the sea life for a fortnight. He who once had command over
the currents now is under the command of currents.  The speaker defines the man as handsome and
tall, having the spirits of a young passionate sailor and his sudden death is a
warning to everyone who thinks life is forever. The young sailor is brought
down by a whirlpool (318) that shut him in the darkness forever in the watery
grave. A current under the sea picked his bone, the only remains of his body
and it fell and rise as waves moves. His body has been reduced to something so
trivial when compared to nature and its power. Everything he has accomplished
so far in his life now floats above the sea like wind and it reminds him of his
age and youth again and again as the currents moves him. He is helpless and is
trapped in his circumstances that drowns him  helpless
and is trapped in his circumstances that drowns him again in his past entering
in a whirlpool.

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