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T.S. Eliot

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T.S. Eliot

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Born Thomas Stearns Eliot
26 September 1888
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died 4 January 1965 (aged 76)
Kensington, London, England

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888, T.S. Eliot was a poet, essayist and literary genius who helped stabilize British and American poetry in 1915 with his Magnum opus “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”.  T.S. Eliot’s symbolic approach to “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” leaves the door of the subconscious open to its readers and the analysis up for debate.  Originally titled “Prufrock Among the Women” the poem explores concepts of erotic sexual tension and denial; the intellectual status of Alfred Prufrock is questioned by Alfred Prufrock himself. 

T.S. Eliot lived in England most of his life and applied for British citizenship in 1927.  He produced very few poems; the majority of his poetry is spread-out and captures the various periods of his life.  He approached Christian mysticism and symbology in his later works such as “Four Quartets“.  T.S. Eliot combines attributes of Hindu God Krishna into Western mysticism in “The Dry Salvages,” a free-flowing launch into an aquatic journey of meditation; time ceases to maintain a sense of substance as the reality of one’s self is truly processed. 

For this work within the mystic realm, T.S. is our TIME MACHINE POET OF THE WEEK.

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