Thomas Eliot

T.S. Eliot was a very influential pessimist, always and constantly thriving on
his hatred of little things and his love life. Eliot was born in St. Louis

Missouri - 1888 ad. His parents were both writers and loved the arts, most
effectively passing on the genes to their son. While growing up he learned many
things, his parents were extremely social and intellectual and they pushed him
to achieve the highest of statuses. He went to college at Harvard University and
then moved to London to go to Oxford. He then became a citizen of England in

1915. While in England Eliot held many jobs to keep the payments on his 5th
floor English apartment and his college tuition. Eliot quickly became popular
with Britain and was known as a great poet and a literal critic. Eliot is best
known for two of his works: The Waste Land (1922) and The Love Song of J. Alfred

Prufrock (1915). Actually the Love song is the beginning of the Waste Land. The

Waste Land is in 5 parts, so it is more of a story in poetical form. In the Love

Song, Eliot actually sounds a bit like a optimist, quite frankly though his own"waste land"steps in half way through. This is his only poetic work I like.

But it will never be at the top of any of my lists. In this "song" , JAP (J.

Alfred Prufrock) is writing a letter to his honey, the girl he is in love with.

In this poem Eliot uses a lot of visual imagery, he is very good with his
adjectives and brings such a happy correlation of thought into a grim reality he
would call his "Waste Land". He talks of how : In the room the women come
and go Talking of Michelangelo. - TLSJAP stanza 13 and 14 It has been my thought
that this may signify his "type". Eliot, again was an intellectual and then
so he would most likely hang out where the smart people were and get away from:

Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurant with
oyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent.
- stanzas 6-9 He actually gives the evidence to where he found his women, and
how he likes to stroll through the outdoors and ending up in places of
eloquence, and "High Society". Even though he had a medium amount of money.

He was still accepted in places for lower pay because of his high intelligence
and the intelligence of his women. People enjoyed his company. He goes on
talking about how there will always be time for us referring to the love that
which he shares for her, and that there will always be time for things, but
letting each other look at the joy as present and the escape from his "Waste

Land". He goes on in stanza 37 - 48 telling how they would grow old together,
while still with the people that surround them that they love so dearly. He then
tells of how he "knows" things and how life always goes (evidence of
realism) in stanzas 49 - 54. Now here you can start to sense his pessimistic
side shed a bit, talking of the: To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and
ways, And how should I presume? Stanza 60 & 61 Of course I guess you could
take that as a repentance line but, I donít think so, lets go on. From stanzas

70 - 86 it shows what I think is his deep side and talking as if he were
actually a Realist which he probably was, at least to me. He humbles himself a
great deal , which is good , but talks of how things slowly fade , referring a
lot to his baldness and how age takes a toll on relationships. This is my
favorite part of the poem, because he brings you into his soul, not just letting
you taste the action . I feel that this is how he lived life. Always leaving
people to taste the good stuff around him but behind his eyes ly his brain and
behind his brain his heart and when his company least expected it, "I could
see him waving his hands and saying", "Come all! Come! Come!...come and feel
my pain...come and pity me...come and think I am humble.....even though I
donít care much of any of you." That is the picture I get of JAP who is also

Eliot,