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Palgrave Macmillan

T.S. Eliot

The Poet as Christian

ISBN 9781137446886
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

This is the second in a series of three books beginning with a study of the poet's debts to Lancelot Andrewes and culminating with a forthcoming commentary on Four Quartets. Here, G. Douglas Atkins reveals specific differences between Eliot's pre-1927 poems and those he wrote following conversion to Anglo-Catholicism, differences reflective of inchoate understanding developed, purified, and fulfilled. 'Stunning' readings, 'beautifully' rendered, mark the extensive treatment of Ash-Wednesday and the short poems Journey of the Magi, A Song for Simeon, Animula, Marina, Triumphal March, and The Cultivation of Christmas Trees.

G. Douglas Atkins is Professor of English at the University of Kansas, USA, where he has taught for 43 years. He has won three awards for outstanding teaching, directed the graduate program at the University of Kansas for 18 years, and is the author of 16 books and 3 edited collections.

1. Toward 'a full juice of meaning': Eliot's Christian Poetics in Practice
2. The Present Unattended: 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and The Waste Land
3. 'For thy closer contact': 'Gerontion,' 'The Hollow Men,' and Ash-Wednesday: Six Poems
4. On Turning and Not-Turning: Ash-Wednesday: Six Poems and A Song for Simeon
5. The Letter, the Body, and the Spirit: Animula and Ash-Wednesday: Six Poems
6. 'The Ecstasy of Assent' (and Ascent): Marina, Triumphal March, and The Cultivation of Christmas Trees


"T.S. Eliot: The Poet as Christian has extraordinary moments. In richly adventurous and poetic prose, G. Douglas Atkins addresses a topic that deserves more scholarly attention: the incarnational impulse of Eliot's major poems." -Mark Jones, Professor of English, Trinity Christian College, USA
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