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A Guide to the Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot

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A unique guide designed to help the readers of Eliot’s personally chosen collection, Selected Poems. Specific information about the poems and their development is included, as is a chronology of the poet’s life and work.
Paperback, Sixth Edition, 288 pages
Published August 15th 1996 by Mariner Books (first published 1970)
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Aug 18, 2007 Christopher rated it really liked it
In A GUIDE TO THE SELECTED POEMS OF T.S. ELIOT the critic B.C. Southam has prepared an ideal guide for students new to T.S. Eliot's poetry. Southam is adamant about seeking to help students who have already been attracted by Eliot's work to form their own appreciation and understanding.

Though I've been a fan of T.S. Eliot for many years, I learned quite a bit from Southam's notes. All four "Ariel Poems" - which are deceptively simple and difficult for students to penetrate - are covered in depth
Oct 15, 2007 Susanna rated it really liked it
So if you're going to read Eliot, you really should at least have a perfunctory understanding of his manifold allusions. This is the basic guide that folks use and it's pretty helpful. I've heard the Norton Critical edition (ed. Michael North) is better, but it's harder to get your hands on (it's on order!). Sometimes Southam's notes are annoying; he makes connections that are really not there (like anytime he mentions Joyce, just block him out). However, I do think that you need something to he ...more
Mike Jensen
May 16, 2014 Mike Jensen rated it really liked it
Very highly recommended to those getting to know Eliot's poetry. The only fault I find is that there were a few things I would have lined to look up that were not included. Most problems in Eliot's challenging work just melt away.
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Dec 06, 2010 Milky Cosmos rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. The actual selected poems that is.
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