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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264775

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.001.0001

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T. S. Eliot’s Daughter1

T. S. Eliot’s Daughter1

Warton Lecture on English Poetry

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(p.478) (p.479) T. S. Eliot’s Daughter1
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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures
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Robert Crawford

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.003.0015

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

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