T. S. Eliot is arguably the most influential poet of the 20th century, and The Waste Land one of its most significant poems. This introduction to the life and works of T.S. Eliot sets his writing clearly in the context of his times. Outlining his life and cultural background and their effect on his work, Ronald Tamplin examines his poetry and focuses in detail on three major works: The Waste Land, Four Quartets and the play, Murder in the Cathedral.

part 1|120 pages

The Writer and His Setting

chapter 1|27 pages

Briefly, the essentials

chapter 2|21 pages

The religious quest

chapter 3|46 pages

Eliot and the traditions of poetry

chapter 4|19 pages

Eliot and the traditions of criticism

part 2|47 pages

Critical Survey

chapter 5|46 pages

A critical examination of some poetry

part 3|20 pages

Reference Section