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A Level English Guide to T. S. Eliot: Grouping The Poems - Key Features

Theresa Sowerby | Monday November 11, 2019


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  2. A Guide to Reading Four Early Poems
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Grouping the Poems – Key Features

There are a number of recurring motifs and poetic techniques within Eliot’s poems. The following is a brief roundup of the salient features which link the poems discussed above:

  • Mallarme on symbolism:
    Earlier poems are “deficient in mystery: they deprive the mind of the delicious joy of believing that it is creating. To name an object is to do away with ¾ of the enjoyment of the poem, which is derived from the satisfaction of guessing little by little: to suggest it, to evoke it – that is what charms the imagination.?
  • Dramatic qualitiesThe Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock and Portrait of a Lady.  Creation of voices – dramatic monologue, or “dialogue? in Portrait of a Lady with voice of woman alternating with thoughts of man. Sparing use of well-chosen detail to suggest location, class etc.
  • Choice of imagery to…

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