Eliot's Poetry, A Personal Journey
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I am fascinated by the poetry of T.S. Eliot. I find his imagery vivid, his allusions intriguing and his profound subject matter interesting. On my Leaving Certificate course, I have been fortunate enough to study several of his poems, including ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, ‘A Game of Chess’, ‘East Coker’, and ‘Journey of the Magi’. These are some of the best poems I have encountered.
The first feature of Eliot's poetry that I would like to discuss is his enigmatic and profound use of allusion. This technique on Eliot’s part introduces an element of intellectual challenge and elevation to his poetry that is not present in the work of the majority of his contemporaries.
‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ overflows with allusions to various literary works, the allusion to the Book of Ecclesiastes dovetailing brilliantly, as it emphasises the procrastination of the poem’s main character. The original text reads, ‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die’. Here, the message is that there is a natural flow of ...