This is just like the case of Bartok--he wrote an enormous amount of funeral music.  It's a holdover from Romanticism--really a cheap way to evoke a sensation in the reader.  Write about the only two things that interest people--sex and death. 
>From: Meyer Robert K GS-9 99 CES/CECT <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: "T. S. Eliot Discussion forum." <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Re: death
>Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 00:32:58 -0000
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>Tons. The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Journey of the Magi, The Hippopotamus,
>Murder in the Cathedral, and in many ways The Four Quartets, as well as
>lesser known pieces like The Death of St Narcissus. It's almost easier to
>try to list the poems and other writings that *don't* talk about death.
>
>Robert Meyer
>
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>From: Sarah Norris [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 4:09 PM
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>Subject: death
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>
>I know this is an elementary question, but I'm a new lover. How many of
>T.S.Eliot's works spoke of death? Why was that?
>
>~Norris
>
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