Eliot's Dark Angel: Intersections of Life and Art

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Oxford University Press, 1999 M10 7 - 296 pages
Schuchard's critical study draws upon previously unpublished and uncollected materials in showing how Eliot's personal voice works through the sordid, the bawdy, the blasphemous, and the horrific to create a unique moral world and the only theory of moral criticism in English literature. The book also erodes conventional attitudes toward Eliot's intellectual and spiritual development, showing how early and consistently his classical and religious sensibility manifests itself in his poetry and criticism. The book examines his reading, his teaching, his bawdy poems, and his life-long attraction to music halls and other modes of popular culture to show the complex relation between intellectual biography and art.

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Contents

The Dark Angel
3
In the Lecture Halls
25
Hulme of Original Sin
52
Our mad poetics to confute Laforgue and the Personal Voice
70
The Savage Comedian
87
In the Music Halls
102
Illustrations
108
The Horrific Moment
119
FirstRate Blasphemy
131
All Aboard for Natchez Cairo and St Louis The Journey of the Exile in AshWednesday
148
The Ignatian Interlude
162
If I think again of this place The Way to Little Gidding
175
American Publishers and the Transmission of T S Eliots Prose
198
Notes
217
Index
257
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Page 242 - Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream: The genius, and the mortal instruments, Are then in council; and the state of man, Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection.
Page 193 - And all shall be well and All manner of thing shall be well When the tongues of flame are in-folded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and the rose are one.
Page 178 - Ferrar, and tell him he shall find in it a picture of the many spiritual conflicts that have passed betwixt God and my soul, before I could subject mine to the will of Jesus my Master, in whose service I have now found perfect freedom ; desire him to read it, and then, if he can think it may turn to the advantage of any dejected poor soul, let it be made public - if not, let him burn it ; for I and it are less than the least of God's mercies.
Page 184 - WHITSUNDAY. LISTEN, sweet Dove, unto my song, And spread thy golden wings in me ; Hatching my tender heart so long, Till it get wing, and fly away with thee.
Page 5 - The Dark Angel Dark Angel, with thine aching lust To rid the world of penitence: Malicious Angel, who still dost My soul such subtile violence! Because of thee, no thought, no thing, Abides for me undesecrate: Dark Angel, ever on the wing, Who never reachest me too late! When music sounds, then changest thou Its silvery to a sultry fire: Nor will thine envious heart allow Delight untortured by desire. Through thee, the gracious...
Page 17 - He is oppressed by a burden which he must bring to birth in order to obtain relief. Or, to change the figure of speech, he is haunted by a demon, a demon against which he feels powerless, because in its first manifestation it has no face, no name, nothing; and the words, (he | he makes, are a kind of form of exorcism of this demon.
Page 15 - I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God.
Page 143 - Genuine blasphemy, genuine in spirit and not purely verbal, is the product of partial belief, and is as impossible to the complete atheist as to the perfect Christian.

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