T.S. Eliot's Symbolism
T.S. Eliot is perhaps the leading poet of this century. He was an American who lived much of his life in England. T.S. Eliot is classified in libraries as both an American poet and British poet. He was also an important literary critic, editing a literary magazine and writing extensively on poetry. Eliot's significance is that he never compromised with the audience. Eliot used complex symbolism to represent his ideas and views from a poets stand point.
Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis in 1888 to a family with a prominent New England background. Eliot was educated at Harvard and joined many literary circles. The Nobel lectures wrote in Eliot's ...view middle of the document...
In the text book “Backpack Literature” the authors provide an analysis on Eliot's use of symbolism in his work “The Boston Evening Transcript”. The authors point out that Eliot uses evening newspapers as a reference to boredom. Eliot writes that the readers “sway in the wind like a field of ripe corn”. Eliot again uses the word sway to describe the readers as sleepy or in a vegetative like state.
The Transcript evokes a way of life without zest or passion . . . Eliot, then, uses the newspapers as the existence of boredom, fatigue, petty and unvarying routine. (549-550)
This particular work of Eliot may reflect Eliot's view of Bostonians being boring without actually stating it. Eliot uses symbolic references that require a deeper understanding of Eliot himself. Eliot uses symbols to say what he means making his poems very complex in nature.
Another example of Eliot's symbolism can be found in “The Waste Land”. Eliot's references places he lived in Germany. Eliot's poems often offer a view of the kind of world that has been created early in the century without compromising or outright saying what he means. These works offer a response to the reality of World Wars and the affects on life. Eliot also posts his outlook for the future from these affects. His works held an attitude that derived personally from Eliot's view point. ...