John Montague, Irish Times Dublin This is a thoughtful book on a thorny subject. Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times Culture Do we need another book about him? Eliot, were both published in 2000. He illuminates a paradoxical Eliot-an exacting anti-romantic realist, skeptical of the emotions, yet incessantly troubled by the fear of emotional failure-through close readings of his poetry, with extended analyses of Eliot's two master works-The Waste Land and Four Quartets. What it is is an intelligent and scholarly, yet readable, overview of Eliot's writings, principally his poetry. Raine is outraged, on behalf of the poets widow to whom his book is dedicated.
I do not much like rummaging about in an author's drawers looking for clues. Eliot, is a strong 'Yes'. Eliot's work, prize-winning poet Craig Raine reveals that, on the contrary, Eliot's poetry and drama and criticism can be seen as a unified and coherent body of work. There is no mention of Emily Hale, a key figure in Eliots life, in the chronology or the text. Denis Donoghue, London Review of Books The most attractive quality of Raine's mind, in this book, is its vivacity, its enthusiasm, its racy pleasure in turning aside to compare a detail in Eliot with something in Nabokov, Kundera or Lawrence.
Yet here, on the Jewish issue, Raine, like a literary first footman, is to be found polishing the family silver and denying the dirty secrets. Raine is good at taking you across these poems. With much love to you both. That game is nearly a century old. You need no skeleton key or secret decoder ring for his plainly poignant world. The key to The Waste Land is The Waste land, not any critical attempt to find the holy grail of the one true key which will unlock its mysteries. Raine also examines Eliot's criticism-including his coinage of such key literary terms as the objective correlative, dissociation of sensibility, the auditory imagination, and his biography, crafting a book that provides a concise introduction for beginners and a provocative set of arguments for Eliot admirers.
Product Description The twentieth century's most famous poet and its most influential literary arbiter, T. Terry Eagleton, Prospect The book is excellent on the influence on Eliot of Jules Laforge, and has a poet's astute ear for the stray effects of sound and syntax. Given the mountain of scholarship and criticism surrounding Eliot, it seems increasingly unlikely that any one critic or poet will have anything startlingly new to say about him. Eliot, Anti-Semitism and Literary Form in 1995, and the hubbub that followed, gave Raine cause to feel dismayed. John Bayley, Times Literary Supplement There are authors who one would rather read about than read. Poetry, he wrote in The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism, may effect revolutions in sensibility such as are periodically needed; may help to break up the conventional modes of perception and valuation which are perpetually forming, and make people see the world afresh, or some new part of it.
Now, in this brilliant exploration of T. Eliot has long been thought to be an obscure and difficult poet--forbiddingly learned, maddeningly enigmatic. We hear a lot of Arnold and Kipling, something of Browning and Clough, Shakespeare and Milton, less of Pater, but virtually nothing of Dante, Pascal, Goethe, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Verlaine or Laforgue. Eliot has long been thought to be an obscure and difficult writer-forbiddingly learned, maddeningly enigmatic. Poet, literary critic, playwright, librettist, and editor, Raine has been a powerful voice and an adversarial, intellectually independent figure in the literary world for the last 40 years.
Raine takes as his opponents in this chapter Anthony Julius, Christopher Ricks, George Steiner and Louis Menand, critics with very different positions on the issue, which he does his best to respect. His works include a number of poetry collections: The Onion, Memory 1978 , A Martian Sends a Postcard Home 1979 , A Free Translation 1981 , Rich 1984 , History: The Home Movie 1994 , and Clay. Acknowledgments ; Preface ; Introduction: Eliot and the Buried Life ; Chapter 1: The Failure to Live ; Chapter 2: Eliot as Classicist ; Chapter 3: The Waste Land ; Chapter 4: Four Quartets ; Chapter 5: The Drama ; Chapter 6: The Criticism ; Appendix 1: Eliot and Anti-Semitism ; Appendix 2: Two Free Translations by Craig Raine of 'Lune de Miel' and 'Dans le Restaurant' ; Appendix 3: An Eliot Chronology ; Notes ; Index This is a thoughtful book on a thorny subject. . I couldn't say my father was an ex-boxer who did faith healing, had epileptic fits and lived off a pension. I don't follow all of Raine's arguments in defense of Eliot, but then neither do I follow many of the accusers' arguments.
The founder of Action Française is the source for all the organic community rubbish with which Eliot embarrassed his admirers. He illuminates a paradoxical Eliot--an exacting anti-romantic realist, skeptical of the emotions, yet incessantly troubled by the fear of emotional failure--through close readings of his poetry, with extended analyses of Eliot's two master works-- The Waste Land and Four Quartets. Eliot and, in fact, for everyone who loves modern literature. Craig Raine is Fellow and Tutor in English at New College, Oxford, and editor of Aret, a tri-quarterly arts magazine. Eliot has long been thought to be an obscure and difficult writer-forbiddingly learned, maddeningly enigmatic. Mostly he builds his case fitting small stones together.
Still he makes overly clear his vast point. He has been the editor of since 1999. Eliot has long been thought to be an obscure and difficult poetforbiddingly learned, maddeningly enigmatic. Bernard O'Donoghue, Literary Review This book is an ingenious and convincing demonstration that Eliot is still the Old Possum: lying unassertively low, but anxiously aware that the disinterment of the buried life is an undeniable imperative. Letters Denis Donoghue handles the desperate writhings of Craig Raine over the primitive anti-semitism of T.
He was a fellow of from 1991 to 2010 and is now professor. Raine assumes that a complete life can be described in psychological terms, since therapists help their patients to live more abundantly, form richer friendships and see the world in a new light. But most importantly, it shows perceptively why Eliot's poems work with their unique compulsiveness. Raine does and does so without contrivance or strain. In that busy year his patience gave way to exasperation. But new readers will join the quarrel. He won a scholarship to , then a , where he lived as a boarder.
He takes a simple path to understanding these fabulous in the strict sense poems. The cowardice, the dryness and the timidity of the indirect shrivel the erotic drive. As for the preface I felt myself from the beginning that it was not really desirable and I find my own opinion confirmed by two other directors who feel as I do that there is no need to apologise for obscurity. Will Raine please come to terms with the defiantly acknowledged influence on Eliot of Charles Maurras. In this volume of T.