Alfred Prufrock.” He completed his undergraduate studies in 1909 and his master’s degree in English literature the following year.
Over the next six years Eliot pursued graduate studies in philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, Marburg, and Oxford, completing his dissertation in 1916.
In 1917 Eliot left teaching and began working at Lloyd’s Bank; however, he continued to follow his literary pursuits, publishing Prufrock and Other Observations in 1917 and becoming an assistant editor for the journal the Egoist.
The combined strain of his failing marriage and the pressures from his banking and writing careers resulted in Eliot’s emotional breakdown in 1921.
Alfred Prufrock,” often called “the first Modernist poem,” appeared in the Harvard Advocate in 1906 while Eliot was an undergraduate.
Eliot 1915Author Biography Poem Text Poem Summary Themes Style Historical Context Critical Overview Criticism Sources For Further Study Segments of “The Love Song of J.
Eliot is buried in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero, Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo. In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo.
Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherised upon a table; Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent To lead you to an overwhelming question ... The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes.
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening, Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains, Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys, Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap, And seeing that it was a soft October night, Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.