Yesterday was Thomas Stearns Eliot's birthday!
You can read Eliot's poetry through DailyLit and look for "The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock" to mark off the years. Eliot wrote it at the ripe age of 29.
Thanks for pointing this out--here's to a very happy (belated) birthday!
I didn't realize he wrote Prufrock at age 29. Sheesh. Way to make us all look bad, Eliot!
Sep 29, 2008 10:22 am
by MaggieH (admin)
T.S. Eliot once defined tradition as "a way of feeling and acting which characterizes a group throughout generations; and that it must largely be, or that many elements of it must be, unconscious." Perhaps this is one way of summarizing the two century old tradition which the poet Roger White is a part of and that I have been part of in my lifetime within the Baha'i community. There is little evidence that White was ambitious to be a part of this tradition. There is in White's poetry little evidence of that attitude expressed by British writer Martin Amis that writers who mean business need to be ambitious and think they are the best.
Nov 9, 2008 7:38 am
A poem which is often the first in a collection of T.S. Eliot's Collected or Selected Poems, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was conceived in 1910, completed in August 1911, the very month 'Abdu'l-Baha began His first Western tour. It was published in 1917 at the same time as 'Abdu'l-Baha was penning His Tablets of the Divine Plan. This work of Eliot could be seen in terms of a comparison and contrast with the Baha'i experience in the last eighty-five years. To put this idea a little differently, I could view my own life and the life of my religion and society in terms of the varied images and metaphors Eliot uses in his famous poem. -Ron Price with thanks to T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," T.S. Eliot: Selected Poems, Faber and Faber, London, 1988(1954), pp.9-15.
Nov 9, 2008 7:40 am