Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Ralph M. Wardle
Many people think of T. S. Eliot as a type of “good gray poet.” This opinion probably results from his long and distinguished career as a critic, as well as a poet. It stems, too, from his conversion to Anglicanism and from his devotion to the theological and moral precepts of that religious persuasion. Anyone who is acquainted with T. S. Eliot’s poetry, especially that written before “Ash Wednesday,” has come, however, to expect among the sober lyric passages, intrusions of harsh and dissonant sound, jazz-like rhythms, and sordid imagery. Among such passages, for example, are the lines from “The Fire Sermon” in “The Wasteland.”
Swanson, Margaret Seibert, "An analysis of fusion of music-hall elements with ritual and dramatic myth in TS Eliot's verse plays" (1967). Student Work. 3254.
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