T.s. Eliot Essay

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Throughout Thomas Stearns Eliot's poems run Christian themes and values that evoke a critical view of society. Though he published relatively little compared to other poets of his caliber, he has been recognized as both a poet and a critic. He himself has been criticized for "unnecessary obscurity" and for "authorian severity" (Bradley, 1163). Throughout his poems and other works, he professes a distinct critique upon society due mainly because of his belief that Christianity should play a major role in life. In his poems, Christian beliefs remain in a reoccurring aspect that reflect his social criticism and his own Christian convictions. As Eliot began to become financially stable and secure, he began to…show more content…
People who do not appreciate poetry always find it difficult to distinguish between order and chaos in the arrangement of images; and even those who are capable of appreciating poetry cannot depend upon first impressions. (Criterion, 235) In "The Wasteland," there is an immediately noticeable reversed attitude about life and death that evokes a spiritual sense. Eliot makes death a consequence instead of a test of faith. Also, in most works of literature, the cycle of spring to spring which includes the time of Easter, a religious celebration of great importance to Christians, is rejoiced and embraced. In "The Wasteland" it is the reverse. "The people of ‘The Wasteland' are not made happy by the return of spring, the fruitfulness to the soil; they prefer the barrenness of winter or the dead season" (Williamson, 125). Basically, life becomes a preparation for death. Everything that happens in the world is not of reality because it holds no value. The cause of this is Adam's burden that was placed upon man. Eliot has been quoted as saying, "I do not mean that our times are particulary corrupt: all times are corrupt" ("The Social Function of Poetry", 453). Eliot "ignores the positive human aspects of Christianity" (Robbins, 24) and rigidly rejoices death. It seems that Eliot escapes from reality seen in "The Wasteland" and into a

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