By F. B. Pinion
Aiming to supply a accomplished survey of the paintings, poetry and prose of the poet T.S.Eliot (1888-1965), this article can be of specified worth to lecturers of all educational degrees and to school and faculty scholars at domestic and in another country.
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His new affiliation was a lifeline in times of distress. Whether it improved his relations with his wife seems very doubtful, for she could be cruel and cutting, had very little sympathy with his new ways , and rarely accompanied him to church. The vicissitudes of Eliot's new hope are the subject of a number of poems from 1927 to 1930. Until he began them , he thought he would be unable to write more poetry after 'The Hollow Men'. The first , 'J ourney of the Magi' , was issued as one of the series of 'Ariel' poems which were published singl y for various authors.
Eliot could not shake off the guilt of abandoning her, but there was no alternative. His love for Vivienne must have withered before he left her, and he knew his sanity would be threatened if ever he returned. For two or three years at least she sought a reunion, writing and telephoning his office, and even preparing an advertisement for publication in the personal column of The Times on the second anniversary of his departure for the States, requesting him to return, if he were free to do so, to the home he had left at 68 Clarence Gate Gardens.
In a lighter vein, to encourage correspondence on articles and poems in the same magazine, he wrote slyly provocative letters under assumed names; as the Revd Charles James Grimble, for example, he suggested the benefit for British readers of being informed about foreign ways and of keeping open minds. He assumed a playful Arnoldian role . During May 1918 the Eliots lived at Marlow, in a cottage lent them by Russell (who informed his lady mistress that he had made love to Vivienne the previous autumn, and found the experience loathsome).