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Lecture 8

ENGL 365 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Aestheticism, Spv Gmbh, Androgyny

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ENGL 365
Glenn Willmott

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9 October 2014
T.S. Eliot
young minds of modernist poetry; born in 1888
wealthy business family; raised in American South but not "southern" in culture --
industrious family; moralistic + rationalistic
Elitist, puritan New England heritage
Eliot only holding up to family's standards in self-presentation -- theatrically mannered
ocould mingle w/both Bohemians and "proper" high society
moves to London to become writer, meets Ezra Pound -- testament to importance of
connections in literary world
both Eliot and wife Vivian mentally unstable
owife eventually institutionalized
o"psychological rollercoaster"
attracted to mysteries of sexuality/spirituality
orepudiation of reason as primary mode of explanation
drawn to melancholically absurd world
ouse of irony
acting against sentimental, "nice" poetry
oinstead opting for direct, jarring speech/representations of the world
oanti-sentimental + anti-abstract
incongruities/transitions used in poetry almost mystifying; dream logic (think Yeats' focus
on reverie/dreams, etc)
o"Rhapsody on a Windy Night"; combination of realism + dream logic
oimages branching out into meaning (Pound's imagism)
ore-interpretative logic; meaning/emotion extrapolated from the mundane
narrative of mundane details
phantasmagoric imagery founded on mundane, direct imagery
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