College Composition 3rd
March 16, 2010
Eliot and Cats.
The early writers of the 1900’s were some of the major stepping stones for our literature today. T. S. Eliot was a very talented writer who used many different types of poetry and play writing to capture our attention. Eliot was a graduate from Harvard University who hada literary career in England. His job there would eventually lead him into writing his famous poetry and plays. His writing first started of resembling Christian teachings because of how he was raised he believed this would be the most logical thing to write about. Although, after World War I, he changed his style of writing to show modern revolution. He used very difficult form of allusion to capture his ideas and this became difficult for the readers to sometimes understand his meaning in his writing.
Eliot was born into a New England family who lived in Saint Louis, Missouri. His mother Charlotte was herself an amateur writer who had a liking to Emerson’s poems. The most likely reason Eliot got into writing would most likely be his mother being a poet. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in philosophy he moved to England. There he became a literary editor for a publishing house, to which later he became the director of the house. His writing first resembled that of a Christianwriters work. His poetry aimed to represent the difficulty of modern civilization with a difficult form of poetry. The most common form of writing he used was to illustrate the modern revolution after World War I. He used obscure allusion to bring people to see the new revolution starting. Some of his other poems that do not show modern revolution were, for example, the Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. This collection of quirky poems was based on the sociology of cats. Eliot first wrote these poems to his godchildren, to which after were collected and published in 1939. These collections of poems were then later put together by Andrew Lloyd Webber to make a musical out of now famously known as Cats.
T. S. ELIOT Thomas Stearns Eliot was born to a very distinguished New England family on September 26, 1888, in St. Louis, Missouri. His father, Henry Ware, was a very successful businessman and his mother, Charlotte Stearns Eliot, was a poetess. His paternal grandfather established and presided over Washington University. While visiting Great Britain in 1915, World War I started and Eliot took up ...
His work in “The Naming of Cats” he uses different language devices to bring his point out. He wanted to show why a cat has to have three names. All of these types of poems Eliot wrote were supposed to be humorous. This was because he wrote the “cats” poems for his godchildren, not knowing they would be published later in his life. Without his love for his godchildren he would not have even written these collections of whimsicalpoems to them, thus we would not have these humorous poems and would lose the enjoyment we get out of them today. Although he may have used difficult forms of allusion in his poems, they were funny and meaningful poems for his godchildren’s enjoyment. One example of allusion from “The Naming of Cats” was “there are fancier names.. Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter”. For children, they would find that quote humorous because of how if you would prefer more of a fancier name you would choose a name of historical nature. Most of his “cats” poems were more based on humor than anything else. This was only to please his godchildren with his great writing skills he acquired over the years.
Analysis of the poems: T. S. Eliot Preludes and Rita Dove "Daystar" The poems Preludes and "Daystar" were written in two different eras - modernism and postmodernism and therefore they reflect the world from two different angels. Following the prescriptions of literary modernism, T. S. Eliot addresses the issue of the confrontation between a personality and a diseased city. Eliots Preludes, ...
T. S. Eliot, with his many great poems and plays, gave us a reason to look back at him and remember his work. With his collection of “cats” poems, he gave us the musical Catswhich we all enjoy to this very day. He uses allusion to bring about the readers attention and to give them a reason to keep reading. Eliot was a very talented writer, through his whole life beginning with his mother as a poet herself, to his job as a publisher, his life was designed to create great poems for us all to have the benefit of reading. Thanks to Eliot and all his hard work in writing, we now have a worldwide known play that we all enjoy.