T.S. Eliot: Poems Background

T.S. Eliot: Poems Background

T.S. Eliot is perhaps the most influential modernist poet and one of the most eminent poets in the English canon. In 1948, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. The richness and complexity of his work has also made him one of the most difficult-to-comprehend poets of all time.

One work that epitomizes this fact is The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which was published in 1915, is the gold standard against which all of modernist and much of postmodernist poetry is measured. The complexity and intensity seen in this work remains unparalleled till date.

Another masterpiece and perhaps the most representative of his works is The Waste Land, which was published in 1922, and which is one of his most interpreted and analysed works yet. His seven plays have earned him just as much respect as his other works, and the most prominent, The Cocktail Party (1949), has further added value to his canon.

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