TSE belongs to the post-Romantic era, which inherited from the Romantics
a lyric poetry of the self (albeit a self tormented by issues of
identity, repression, etc.) TSE's work is in virtually every way
different from the British Romantics (who were very different from one
another). TSE's early work recalls Webster, Donne, Marvell and Pope
(among the English) rather than Blake, Wordsworth, et al. Of course his
strongest influences were Laforgue and Dante. He often stated that he had
nothing to learn from 19th-century British or American poets, or even
from older contemporaries, like Yeats.
TSE owes more to Browning (which some of TSE's early reviewers noted)
than to any other 19th British poet, though TSE would have scoffed at the
At 11:01 AM 6/3/2001 EDT, you wrote:
<excerpt><bold><fontfamily><param>Arial Narrow</param>In a message dated
6/2/01 9:56:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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<excerpt>TSE is in every way a Romantic. He is simply more analytical.
TSE does not
truly see the world as "burning burning burning burning". He sees the
as a very cruel and dark place that he has been alienated from (read
his life). He longs to be a passionate man of action (think Lord Byron
even Teddy Roosevelt) but always falls short. Or at least that is what
expresses in his poetry (I know I shouldn't say what Eliot felt, but I
analyses that agree). I hope now you see how Eliot is a romantic.
Not really. </fontfamily><fontfamily><param>Arial</param><smaller>Maybe
you need to be more specific about the "analyses that
agree" with you.
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