T.S. Eliot and the Fulfillment of Christian Poetics

Authors: Atkins, G.

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The culmination of a trilogy that began with T.S. Eliot, Lancelot Andrewes, and the Word, and continued with T.S. Eliot: The Poet as Christian, this gracefully executed new book brings to a triumphant conclusion the unique effort to pinpoint and identify the Christian characteristics of Eliot's poetic art. The book offers a close but companionable reading of each of the complex poems that make up Four Quartets, the essay-poem that is Eliot's masterwork. Focusing on the range of speaking voices dramatized, Atkins reveals for the first time the Incarnational form that governs the work's 'purposive movement' toward purification and fulfilment of points of view that were represented earlier in the poems.

About the authors

G. Douglas Atkins is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Kansas, USA, where he taught for 44 years. He is the author of 20 books and the co-editor of 3, covering wide range of topics, including literature and religion, literary theory, eighteenth-century studies, pedagogy, and the essay.

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"Atkins' signature prose plays well for this project: a personal voice which challenges the reader to slow down and think carefully because of the necessary complexity of the ideas expressed. The scholarship is sound, the conversational tone inviting. The book can add to work on Eliot by its combination of the scholarly and conversational approaches, which give it gravitas while inviting the reader to enjoy and respond to the work, not merely gain intellectual understanding." - Beth Impson, Professor of English, Bryan College, USA


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Four Quartets: Simulacrum of Being

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 1-17

  • Burnt Norton: “The ancient rhyme in a new verse”: “Only through time time is conquered”

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 18-32

  • East Coker: “Mixing Memory and Desire”: Lyrical Response and the Fear “Of belonging to another, or to others, or to God”

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 33-47

  • The Dry Salvages: Many Voices, Many Gods

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 48-58

  • The Dry Salvages (Continued): Four Quartets and the Work in the Word: What the Word Does

    Atkins, G. Douglas

    Pages 59-66

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
T.S. Eliot and the Fulfillment of Christian Poetics
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46625-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137466259
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47083-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50074-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 114
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