Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

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.”


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1967 Margaret Siebert Swanson.

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