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Esteban Pujals

Portrayal of T.S. Eliot URL:
This conference will analyze both the personality of Eliot (focusing particularly in the years going from his arrival to London in 1914 and the publication of The Waste Land in 1922) and the role that his poetry and critic essays had in the controversies that occurred in these years in regards to the modern redefinition of poetry and art. The fast acceptance (after a first moment of misunderstanding and confusion) that The Waste Land had, has been commonly identified with the novelty of the "impersonal" quality that the poet insistently summoned in his critic articles as the antidote to decadent culture. This "impersonality" appears linked by Eliot to the imitation of neoclassic authors like Dryden and Pope, and with the adoption of his satirical perspective. Nevertheless, when considered from the point of view of almost a century later, both The Waste Land and the entire set of Eliot's poetry reveal a nature fundamentally lyrical and his deep roots in a romantic-symbolist tradition that is further extended and completed with him.
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