Companion to British and American Poetry

Marina by T. S. Eliot: Critical Analysis

Marina, the last of the four Aerial Poems, is the most touching personal poem by T.S. Eliot. This beautiful lyric was composed in September 1930 and leads the poet to faith in the Anglican Church. The poem is a monologue as it is spoken by Pericles a ...More

Marina by T. S. Eliot: Summary

The poem starts with the questions asked by Hercules in the epigraph. Quis hic locus, quae regio, quae mundi plaga? Which means 'What place is this? What region, what quarter of the world?' Here the happy image of the regained daughter of Pericles i ...More

Sweeney among the Nightingales by T. S. Eliot: Summary and Analysis

Sweeney among the Nightingales is a short lyric poem composed by TS Eliot in 1918. The epigraph of this poem is taken from the Greek tragedy Agamemnon. The epigraph is all about the cry of the dying king who was betrayed and killed by his own wife Cl ...More

The Hollow Men by T. S. Eliot: Critical Analysis

It is most logical to consider The Hollow Men (1925) immediately after 'The Waste Land' because it is the most nearly related to 'The Waste Land'. It is, in some ways, a continuation of the earlier poem and, in others, it marks a departure from its p ...More

The Hollow Men by T. S. Eliot: Summary

The Hollow Men is a soliloquy by one of the hollow men bewailing their lot in death's kingdom from which they cannot cross to death's other kingdom because of spiritual impotence. The four major sources of the content of The Hollow Men are: the Gun P ...More

The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot: Summary of Section I – Section V

The Burial of the Dead The first section of "The Waste Land" is known as The Burial of the Dead which refers to the burial of the dead, fertility gods in Frazer's The Golden Beer and the burial service in the Christian Church. In both these cases, de ...More

Preludes by T. S. Eliot: Summary

'Preludes' is a chain of four short poems composed by T. S. Eliot which was published in his first collection, Prufrock and Other Observations, in 1917. The first poem in 'Preludes' is a winter evening scene at six o'clock. The smell of steak cooking ...More

Preludes by T. S. Eliot: Critical Analysis

'Preludes' is one of the prominent work of Eliot written in 1910 and 1911. The then society of Eliot is presented as a waste land where corruption and desolation are dominant in the cycle of meaningless life. The title of the poem holds a special pos ...More

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by Eliot as a Dramatic Monologue

"The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" by TS Eliot has been described as a dramatic monologue because it is an attempt at self-expression by a sentimental middle aged gentleman over the teacups. It is dramatic in the sense that it shows us the personal ...More

Objective Correlative in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

The theory of the 'Objective Correlative' is one of the most important critical concepts of T. S. Eliot. He formulated his doctrine of the 'Objective Correlative' in his essay on Hamlet and His Problems. Eliot called Hamlet 'an artistic failure'. The ...More

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