"....his conversion to Catholicism."

I hope not too pedantic to observe that this is not so. It was High Church
Anglicanism to which Eliot converted, and there's a fundamental difference,
mainly relating to that fellow in the Vatican, to whom Eliot was polite but
not exactly reverential.

Barry Spurr's recent book explains at length.


- who's off to Little Gidding Festival, Sunday: if anyone on here going
too, please do holler.

On 5 July 2013 17:33, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Permit me, apropos the subject, to share a modified version of the preface
> I wrote for my book on Eliot's early poetry:
> // The various attempts to find the fundamental axioms behind both good
> literature and good life, said Eliot, are among the most interesting
> experiments of criticism in our time.* And in 'Religion and Literature'
> (1935), he did not hold back to say that "literary criticism should be
> completed by criticism from a definite ethical and theological standpoint."
> The present book is a continuation of efforts in that direction. It unfolds
> layer after layer of Eliot's early poetry, specifically Prufrock 1917 and Poems
> 1920, to discover that it is here, for the first time perhaps, that the
> aesthetics of poetry has so subtly been wedded to the absolutes of a
> religious belief.
> The book is a concerted attempt to counter the widely prevalent but
> patently mistaken notion of Eliot's early poetry as something apart from
> his later poetry. For, despite the apparent differences between the two
> poetic modes, the leitmotif of Eliot's poetry, both early and later,
> remains the poet's desperate spiritual quest. In the early poetry what one
> envisages is that in the framework of symbolist aesthetics which commits
> the poet to the notion of impersonality, there is a constant personal
> struggle of the poet with his inner demons and, through this struggle, the
> poet works out a personal idiom, and a vision, with a spiritual orientation
> which finally culminates in his conversion to Catholicism. //
> (*I'm sorry I don't have the source at hand.)
> Well, so much has since been written on Eliot's early poetry that is in
> consonance with my views
> (written in 2001).
> Thanks,
>   CR