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T.S. Eliot Presentation

Nobel Prize Winner of Literature

Tiara Fry

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of T.S. Eliot Presentation

T.S. Eliot
Presentation By: Tiara Fry, Garrett Krueger, and Ben Kraft
Born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 26, 1888
Attended College at Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Greatly influenced by professors renowned in poetry, philosophy and literary criticism
Shaped his entire literary career
Biography Continued

Later became good friends with American Poet, Ezra Pound
Helped publish Eliot's work
Became well respected in writing literary criticisms
Living in the time of World War I, Eliot wrote "post war disillusionment"
Influenced depressing poetic style
Died January 4, 1965
"The Hollow Men"
"The Hollow Men" Analysis
Main Themes
Emptiness: "hollow"
Lack of Meaning: "dried voices" ; "quiet" ; "dry" ; "whimper
Disappointment: "Between the idea and the reality... Falls the shadow." --> tragic reality
From Nobelprize.org
A Critic's View
Louise Harwood
Language is compelling, entrancing and mystical
Enriches the soul with:
images of beauty and decay
time and timelessness

Alex Shell
Tells everyday life, painting a picture with vibrant strokes
His perspective of life
Interesting symbolism
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"T.S. Eliot Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.

"T.S. Eliot - Facts." T.S. Eliot - Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2013.


"Broken Column"
Eyes- God's eyes
He is not here ; No one can help them
Shadow- Tragic Reality
Kingdom - Heaven in which the lost souls will never enter
What Makes T.S. Eliot Different?
Wide variety of description to bring his point across
Changes tone throughout work
Serious --> Sarcasm
Serious: "[Voices] are quiet and meaningless"
Sarcasm: "Here we go 'round the prickly pear"
"Prickly Pear"
Prize motivation: "for his outstanding, pioneer
contribution to present-day poetry"

Didn't care about what the public thought
Not quantitatively great, but brilliant
Remote from all emotional clichés
Concentrated on essential topics
Technical form --> Studiously aggressive
Why Did T.S. Eliot Win the Nobel Prize?
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