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Louis , Missouri , [4] [7] to establish a Unitarian Christian church there. His mother, Charlotte Champe Stearns — , wrote poetry and was a social worker , a 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. Eliot's childhood infatuation with literature can be ascribed to several factors. First, he had to overcome physical limitations as a child. Struggling from a congenital double inguinal hernia , he could not participate in many physical activities and thus was prevented from socializing with his peers. As he was often isolated, his love for literature developed. Once he learned to read, the young boy immediately became obsessed with books and was absorbed in tales depicting savages, the Wild West, or Mark Twain 's thrill-seeking Tom Sawyer. Louis affected me more deeply than any other environment has ever done. I feel that there is something in having passed one's childhood beside the big river , which is incommunicable to those people who have not. I consider myself fortunate to have been born here, rather than in Boston, or New York, or London.

It was defeated by two votes after Eliot reminded the students how much they owed American culture. Oxford is very pretty, but I don't like to be dead. This city had a monumental and life-altering effect on Eliot for several reasons, the most significant of which was his introduction to the influential American literary figure Ezra Pound.

A connection through Aiken resulted in an arranged meeting and on 22 September , Eliot paid a visit to Pound's flat.

Pound instantly deemed Eliot "worth watching" and was crucial to Eliot's beginning career as a poet, as he is credited with promoting Eliot through social events and literary gatherings.

Thus, according to biographer John Worthen, during his time in England Eliot "was seeing as little of Oxford as possible". He was instead spending long periods of time in London, in the company of Ezra Pound and "some of the modern artists whom the war has so far spared It was Pound who helped most, introducing him everywhere. In he taught English at Birkbeck, University of London. By , he had completed a doctoral dissertation for Harvard on "Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F.

Bradley ", but he failed to return for the viva voce exam.

In a letter to Aiken late in December , Eliot, aged 26, wrote, "I am very dependent upon women I mean female society. They were married at Hampstead Register Office on 26 June The philosopher Bertrand Russell took an interest in Vivienne while the newlyweds stayed in his flat. Some scholars have suggested that she and Russell had an affair, but the allegations were never confirmed. In a letter addressed to Ezra Pound, she covers an extensive list of her symptoms, which included a habitually high temperature, fatigue , insomnia , migraines , and colitis.

The couple formally separated in and in Vivienne's brother, Maurice, had her committed to a mental hospital, against her will, where she remained until her death of heart disease in In a private paper written in his sixties, Eliot confessed: "I came to persuade myself that I was in love with Vivienne simply because I wanted to burn my boats and commit myself to staying in England.

And she persuaded herself also under the influence of [Ezra] Pound that she would save the poet by keeping him in England.

To her, the marriage brought no happiness. To me, it brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land. To earn extra money, he wrote book reviews and lectured at evening extension courses at the University College London, and Oxford. In , he took a position at Lloyds Bank in London, working on foreign accounts. Eliot said he found Joyce arrogant—Joyce doubted Eliot's ability as a poet at the time—but the two soon became friends, with Eliot visiting Joyce whenever he was in Paris.

Charles Whibley recommended T. Eliot to Geoffrey Faber. Auden , Stephen Spender , and Ted Hughes. On 29 June , Eliot converted to Anglicanism from Unitarianism , and in November that year he took British citizenship. One: the Church of England offered Eliot some hope for himself, and I think Eliot needed some resting place. But secondly, it attached Eliot to the English community and English culture. When Harvard offered him the Charles Eliot Norton professorship for the — academic year, he accepted and left Vivienne in England.

Upon his return, he arranged for a formal separation from her, avoiding all but one meeting with her between his leaving for America in and her death in Vivienne was committed to the Northumberland House mental hospital, Stoke Newington , in , and remained there until she died. Although Eliot was still legally her husband, he never visited her. When Eliot and Hayward separated their household in , Hayward retained his collection of Eliot's papers, which he bequeathed to King's College, Cambridge , in In contrast to his first marriage, Eliot knew Fletcher well, as she had been his secretary at Faber and Faber since August They kept their wedding secret; the ceremony was held in a church at am with virtually no one in attendance other than his wife's parents.

Eliot had no children with either of his wives. In the early s, by then in failing health, Eliot worked as an editor for the Wesleyan University Press , seeking new poets in Europe for publication. After Eliot's death, Valerie dedicated her time to preserving his legacy, by editing and annotating The Letters of T. Eliot and a facsimile of the draft of The Waste Land. In my end is my beginning.

He was aware of this even early in his career. He wrote to J. Woods, one of his former Harvard professors, "My reputation in London is built upon one small volume of verse, and is kept up by printing two or three more poems in a year. The only thing that matters is that these should be perfect in their kind, so that each should be an event. His first collection was Prufrock and Other Observations These had the same poems in a different order except that "Ode" in the British edition was replaced with "Hysteria" in the American edition.

From then on, he updated this work as Collected Poems. Exceptions are Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats , a collection of light verse; Poems Written in Early Youth, posthumously published in and consisting mainly of poems published between and in The Harvard Advocate , and Inventions of the March Hare: Poems —, material Eliot never intended to have published, which appeared posthumously in That I'm sure of. It wouldn't be what it is, and I imagine it wouldn't be so good; putting it as modestly as I can, it wouldn't be what it is if I'd been born in England, and it wouldn't be what it is if I'd stayed in America.

It's a combination of things. But in its sources, in its emotional springs, it comes from America. When they do take such desperate measures, however, they are driven by the belief that words are guilty of falsifying the nature of individual experience.

As the young Eliot remarks in the voice of Prufrock, who for once casts off his habitual diffidence: Indeed, when some poets revisit their earlier poems they are often struck by the feeling of unmitigated regret that the text of the poem lying in front of them is not what they meant at all.

Since words are exchange- able counters whose meaning have been established in the random pro- cess of historical change and semantic accretion, they can hardly be ex- pected to do justice to the uniqueness of individual experience.

Moreover, for poets of relentlessly religious or even mystical frames of mind, like Eliot, not only do words fall notoriously short of their goals, but they of- ten also adulterate the silence beneath. He did not publish any poems during the last two decades of his life. Yet he was and still is considered, almost unanimously, one of the founders of modern Hebrew poetry.

Those si- lences differ in kind and should not be forced into any overarching expla- nation of monolithic solidity. One such pe- riod occurred before he embarked on the last great opus of his life i. The Significance of Silence 75 gestation and not exhaustion.

Another reason why Eliot often chose to be silent as a poet was that as a precursor of radically new poetry, he em- braced the ideal of maximum concentration of verse.

This stemmed from his belief that modern poetry should liberate itself from the yoke of Vic- torian verbosity. The language of the modern poem ought to be con- densed to the highest degree, i. One natural consequence of an approach like this was that every line had to be subjected to minute scru- tiny to see if it lived up to the standards of concision and intensity. As a result, large chunks of the first drafts of his poems were discarded as in- adequate fortunately, many of those have survived in manuscript.

The most famous among these is of course The Waste Land, the original draft of which was trimmed down by Ezra Pound to about one third of its orig- inal length.

At the same time, one might say that the smaller the output, the weightier individual poems and the silences between them. The poems often feature characters who are notoriously incapable of negotiating the gulf of isolation separating them from other people. One recent example is J. Meditations on T. But those frequent pauses in the flow of the dialogue certainly serve to undermine the fragile self-confidence of the ageing female host, while the defensive- ly taciturn silence of her young companion signals not only his constitu- tional reticence but also his lack of commitment to the conversation and the liaison itself.

In this way, much of the dynamics of the relationship are rendered through a subtle juxtaposition of silence and sound. Each emotional state comes equipped with its auditory objective correlative.

Such surreptitious supplications for com- mitment introduce a note of jarring disharmony since the timid young man would prefer to sit there listening to the harmonies of Chopin, and focus on drinking his tea until the relationship dies of emotional inani- tion. Remaining silent is a strategy towards achieving this end.

Indeed, keeping his countenance and preserving his self-possession seem to be his main objectives.

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In this brilliantly con- trolled long poem about an odd relationship, silence is described as a feared intruder, a sure sign that the liaison is doomed. The Significance of Silence 77 Yet the garrulous waves of life Shrink and divide With a thousand incidents Vexed and debated: The seas of experience That were so broad and deep, So immediate and steep, Are suddenly still. You may say what you will, At such peace I am terrified. There is nothing else beside.

He was only twenty-one, and had just graduated from Harvard College. Soon he would seek refinement by im- mersing himself in the milieu of European culture.

On the whole, howev- er, it was a period of acute agony for him. Eliot had now become pro- foundly disillusioned with the tepid Unitarianism of his family, terrified by the seemingly infernal chaos of the modern world, which would soon erupt through the crevices, and engulf the whole of Europe in one of the greatest, and most tragically pointless, bloodbaths in history.

No wonder that the supersensitive and highly intelligent young man was haunted by a sense of prophetic foreboding that the whole of Western Civilisation was on the verge of some unspeakable disaster, which would irreversibly tear apart the tender fabric of its social and political institutions.

About the same time that Eliot graduated from Harvard College, while walk- ing one day in Boston, he saw the streets suddenly shrink and divide. His eve- ryday preoccupations, his past, all the claims of the future fell away and he was enfolded in a great silence. At the age of twenty-one Eliot had one of those experi- ences which, he said, many have had only once or twice in their lives and been unable to put into words.

Silence came to a prepared mind One might note parenthetically that one would probably have little difficulty in attributing this poem to Eliot as, despite its brevity, the text is rich in both retrospective and anticipatory echoes of other poems — e.

Childs , p. The Significance of Silence 79 they recur frequently throughout his oeuvre, e. In other words, the poem is a record of a privileged moment, which is also an instant of revelation. What exactly is revealed to the speaker? If this indeed is a quasi-mystical experience, then it is a very peculiar one.

Julian of Norwich speaks for all mystics when, after her visions of Christ, she confidently proclaims that: Quite the contrary, from a certain perspective, it is positively terrifying.

Casella , pp. Mayer comments: This stemmed from his belief that modern poetry should liberate itself from the yoke of Vic- torian verbosity.

The language of the modern poem ought to be con- densed to the highest degree, i. One natural consequence of an approach like this was that every line had to be subjected to minute scru- tiny to see if it lived up to the standards of concision and intensity. As a result, large chunks of the first drafts of his poems were discarded as in- adequate fortunately, many of those have survived in manuscript.

The most famous among these is of course The Waste Land, the original draft of which was trimmed down by Ezra Pound to about one third of its orig- inal length. At the same time, one might say that the smaller the output, the weightier individual poems and the silences between them.

The poems often feature characters who are notoriously incapable of negotiating the gulf of isolation separating them from other people. One recent example is J. Meditations on T. But those frequent pauses in the flow of the dialogue certainly serve to undermine the fragile self-confidence of the ageing female host, while the defensive- ly taciturn silence of her young companion signals not only his constitu- tional reticence but also his lack of commitment to the conversation and the liaison itself.

In this way, much of the dynamics of the relationship are rendered through a subtle juxtaposition of silence and sound. Each emotional state comes equipped with its auditory objective correlative.

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Such surreptitious supplications for com- mitment introduce a note of jarring disharmony since the timid young man would prefer to sit there listening to the harmonies of Chopin, and focus on drinking his tea until the relationship dies of emotional inani- tion. Remaining silent is a strategy towards achieving this end. Indeed, keeping his countenance and preserving his self-possession seem to be his main objectives. In this brilliantly con- trolled long poem about an odd relationship, silence is described as a feared intruder, a sure sign that the liaison is doomed.

The Significance of Silence 77 Yet the garrulous waves of life Shrink and divide With a thousand incidents Vexed and debated:— This is the hour for which we waited— This is the ultimate hour When life is justified. The seas of experience That were so broad and deep, So immediate and steep, Are suddenly still. You may say what you will, At such peace I am terrified.

There is nothing else beside. He was only twenty-one, and had just graduated from Harvard College.

T. S. Eliot

Soon he would seek refinement by im- mersing himself in the milieu of European culture. On the whole, howev- er, it was a period of acute agony for him. Eliot had now become pro- foundly disillusioned with the tepid Unitarianism of his family, terrified by the seemingly infernal chaos of the modern world, which would soon erupt through the crevices, and engulf the whole of Europe in one of the greatest, and most tragically pointless, bloodbaths in history.

No wonder that the supersensitive and highly intelligent young man was haunted by a sense of prophetic foreboding that the whole of Western Civilisation was on the verge of some unspeakable disaster, which would irreversibly tear apart the tender fabric of its social and political institutions. His eve- ryday preoccupations, his past, all the claims of the future fell away and he was enfolded in a great silence.

At the age of twenty-one Eliot had one of those experi- ences which, he said, many have had only once or twice in their lives and been unable to put into words. Silence came to a prepared mind One might note parenthetically that one would probably have little difficulty in attributing this poem to Eliot as, despite its brevity, the text is rich in both retrospective and anticipatory echoes of other poems — e.

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Childs , p. The Significance of Silence 79 they recur frequently throughout his oeuvre, e. In other words, the poem is a record of a privileged moment, which is also an instant of revelation. What exactly is revealed to the speaker?

If this indeed is a quasi-mystical experience, then it is a very peculiar one. Quite the contrary, from a certain perspective, it is positively terrifying.

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