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Eliot, T. S. (1888–1965)

  1. Gene Edward Veith

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0488

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Veith, G. E. 2011. Eliot, T. S. (1888–1965). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Thomas Stearns Eliot was American, naturalized English. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of seven children. His parents were Henry Ware Eliot, the president of a brick company, and Charlotte Champe Stearns. T. S. Eliot refashioned English verse and became the leading poet of the modernist movement.


  • Eliot, T. S. (1888–1965);
  • American, naturalized english;
  • Eliot's Christian verse, pioneering a modernist style;
  • series of poems entitled the four quartets;
  • depicting the holy spirit, as a stuka dive bomber;
  • Eliot's “the Waste land,” a long poem;
  • dispensing with traditional poetic forms;
  • highly structured free verse, disconnected imagery