Introduction

Thomas Stearns Elliot is considered to be a major figure in English literature. Born in St Louis, Missouri, he settled in England in 1914 and became a British subject in 1927. At Harvard University he studied to become a philosopher. However, his interests and vast reading of religion and anthropology as well as Elizabethan poets and the latest French imagists, left him writing a completely new kind of English poetry.

 

Payne, T, 1997, 'T.S. Eliot', in A-Z of great writers, Carlton Books, London

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between the idea

And the reality

Between the motion

And the act

Falls the shadow

The Hollow Man, 1925