Student Name 1Student NameProfessors NameInfluence of T.S. Eliot to the British Literary HistoryDateInfluence of T.S. Eliot to the British Literary HistoryThomas Steams Eliot (1888) was born in the United States and became a naturalizedBritish subject in 1927. As he was especially acclaimed by his own time as the leading spirit inpoetry, some extended account both of the age and of himself is needed. Eliot's chief earlyvolumes of verse were Prufrock, and Other Observations (1917), Ara Vos Prec (1919)-for thetitle see Purgatorio, xxvi, 145-and Poems (1920); and the first fact to note about them is that theyappeared in a hideous world of which they were a reflection. The unparalleled and meaning-lessslaughter of the War had shaken the foundations of all belief and made the young so old that thefuture was wiped out. To the failure of the War had succeeded the almost greater failure of thePeace. The cant of war had been false; the cant of peace was futile. Nothing pointed more clearlyto spiritual bankruptcy than the discrepancy between noble ideals of peace and the ignoble mindsof the peace-makers, who, prating of goodwill and unity, were sowing dragons' teeth over all thefields of recent conflict. People were weary, disillusioned, cynical, anxious to forget the past,unable to conceive a future, and interested only in a fast-fleeting present. Tranquillity and reconstruction were expected to emerge from mental and moral apathy, while the desires of theflesh ...
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