Briefly, the essentials
About T. S. Eliot the essentials are clear. He was one of the finest poets writing in English in the first half o f the twentieth century. More than any other he determined the course that poetry has taken since but has himself remained fresher and more substantial than most poets. He is still emphatically modern. His decisive contributions are the metric he established in his first book Prufrock and Other Observations (1917), the form he pioneered in The Waste Land (1922) and the content he attempted in Four Quartets (1943).