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Towards "the river and the sea" and beyond : revelations in T.S. Eliot's landscape imagery, 1927-1942

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Bowes, Patrick Harold (1993) Towards "the river and the sea" and beyond : revelations in T.S. Eliot's landscape imagery, 1927-1942. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Of major literary interest because he attained almost pontifical status in English
poetry, drama and criticism for an extended period in the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot
appears today to have been a writer of apparently baffling complexity. An important
aspect of this phenomenon is that his poetry (which generally shows every evidence of
great deliberation in its composition) appears often to subvert his critical dicta.
However, Eliot's landscape imagery, which derives very largely from his own
experience and beliefs, particularly in his childhood and youth, faithfully reflects a
variety of aspects of his personality.
This exploitation of imagery of landscape, extending far beyond conventional
topography to figurative and psychological landscapes in many forms, is an inheritance
from, and a development of, major elements of the 'Romantic' sensibility of the early
nineteenth century. Landscape plays an important part, too, in much of the
'Modernist'-influenced poetry of the Thirties in England, not least as a peculiarly
individual source of material which nonetheless offers common interfaces. Thus,
analysis of the manner in which both individual and common elements of their
experience of landscape are treated by Eliot vis-a-vis his contemporaries, particularly
Yeats and Auden, reveals some of the real premises and syllogisms underlying his
work.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Includes bibliographical references (leaves Bi-Bxxvi). Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 1995

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