T. S. Eliot’s Daughter<sup>1</sup>

Robert Crawford

in Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264775
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734984 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

T. S. Eliot’s Daughter1

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on T.S. Eliot's poetry given at the British Academy's 2009 Warton Lecture on English Poetry. This text discusses issues concerning biography and Eliot's posthumous reputation. It analyses Eliot's poem Marina and argues that it is one of the greatest parent-child poems in the English language. It explains the this work was written in Eliot's career when he was coming to terms with the loss of his parents, with his own childlessness, and with what it might mean to be a godparent.

Keywords: T.S. Eliot; poetry; Marina; parent-child poems; childlessness; lecture; British Academy

Chapter.  8210 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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