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“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

(T S Eliot)


At its best, T S Eliot's poetry is remarkably beautiful, and at times also uniquely wise and mystical. He also wrote poetry, such as the famous 'The Wasteland,' composed in the 1920s, which I have not compiled here because to me it seems too clever and pretentious, interspersing in the verse various foreign languages (without bothering to provide translations for us poor plebeian readers!), literary references and other no doubt erudite and impressive details, most of which fail to move me in the way that his best poetry does, such as the extraordinary set of masterpieces 'The Four Quartets,' written about 15-20 years later, and speaking directly to the heart and soul with the most profound themes and language.

By way of comparison, one literary critic undertook an interesting study of Shakespeare's early and late plays, to see if there were differences in the use of language. He concluded that there were, indeed, marked differences: in Shakespeare's earlier (and less beloved) plays, there is more strictness of form, more complicated language, more impressive literary or other references, more cleverness and more erudition. In his later (and most beloved) plays, however, there is greater freedom of form, much simpler language, more emotional intensity, more authenticity, and phrases which speak directly to the heart out of experience rather than making clever literary references. To me it is the same with T S Eliot, and like Shakespeare he was at his best a poet who could combine the most beautiful language and most profound themes at the same time - a rare talent indeed. Simon Rees, March 2007


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A Selection of Poems by T S Eliot

The Hippopotamus (1920)

La Figlia che Piange (1917)

Four Quartets No.1: Burnt Norton (1935)

Four Quartets No.2: East Coker (1940)

Four Quartets No.3: The Dry Salvages (1941)

Four Quartets No.4: Little Gidding (1942)

Macavity: The Mystery Cat (1939)

The Old Gumbie Cat (1939)

The Rum Tum Tugger (1939)

Old Deutoronomy (1939)

Of the Awefull Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles (1939)

Mr Mistoffelees (1939)

Growltiger's Last Stand (1939)

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