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On Poetry and Poets

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T. S. Eliot was not only one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century—he was also one of the most acute writers on his craft. In On Poetry and Poets, which was first published in 1957, Eliot explores the different forms and purposes of poetry in essays such as "The Three Voices of Poetry," "Poetry and Drama," and "What Is Minor Poetry?" as well as the works of indivi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 1957)
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Ash Giri
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant work by Eliot. He is one of those critics that enflames our love for language. Highly recommended.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Eliot! - why can you write poetry and analysis so well? Even when I'm not familiar with the poet you're talking about, I still am interested. Except when it comes to Samuel Johnson. Sometimes there are just authors you know you'll never get to - Johnson is one. I much prefer Robbie Coltraine's portrayal of him in Black Adder. Now that is how I'd like to remember SJ. Anyway, asides away, this classic (I'm daring to use that word) collection of essays also acts as a good look into the mind of ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did not read every essay in this collection, but I did manage a few before returning to the library. What a master Eliot is. His critical acumen is second to none. And his style is never stilted, stuffy. Truly a pleasure to read. That he should condemn Milton for harming the language is not only insightful, but amusing.

I do not share his Christianity, but his take on 'Virgil and The Christian World' is illuminating. Likewise 'On Minor Poetry' -- wonderfully exposed, and I mean that in the best
The rating and this review are technically tentative because I have only read the first "On Poetry" section and the essay "Virgil and the Christian World," which is most of the work anyway. For that, Mr Eliot's perspective and thoughts, as well as his personality, impress and charm me.

I'm holding off on reading his specific criticisms of authors in the second "On Poets" part because I'd rather read those authors for myself first.
The overall rating is tentative because only the first "On Poetry" section and the essay "Virgil and the Christian World" were read.
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Thomas 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 Individ ...more
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