Thomas Stearns Eliot (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and “one of the twentieth century’s major poets.” Born in St. Louis, Missouri in the United States, he moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927.

Making Peace With the World: T. S. Eliot & the Purpose of Poetry

By |2019-10-08T17:40:59-05:00August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Literature, Modernity, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

Poetry is able to grant the reader the ability to perceive that reality, in spite of its often chaotic and random appearance, has some underlying unity by which it is bound together. This insight, in turn, provides the terms by which one may make peace with the world... A 2012 survey found that only 6.7% [...]

T.S. Eliot’s “The Fire Sermon”: Of Memory & Salvation

By |2017-11-03T21:03:24-05:00August 8th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Modernity, St. Augustine, T.S. Eliot|

T.S. Eliot reminds us that the answers to our soul’s depravity are all around us, in our collective culture—the books we read, the places we inhabit, the music we listen to—but also that culture can only survive if we remember it and keep it alive… “These things I do within, in that vast chamber [...]

The Return of Christian Humanism

By |2019-04-02T15:08:15-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Pope Benedict XVI, T.S. Eliot|Tags: , |

Even when addressing non-Christians, Christian humanism’s willing receptiveness of the supernatural opens itself to the truths of revelation and of the human religious experience, allowing it to speak intimately and truthfully to the whole person… The Return of Christian Humanism: Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the Romance of History by Lee Oser (University of Missouri [...]

“Eeldrop and Appleplex”

By |2017-07-18T22:55:58-05:00July 20th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Fiction, Imagination, Literature, T.S. Eliot|

The majority not only have no language to express anything save generalized man; they are for the most part unaware of themselves as anything but generalized men... I Eeldrop and Appleplex rented two small rooms in a disreputable part of town. Here they sometimes came at nightfall, here they sometimes slept, and after they had [...]

There and Back Again: A Conversion Story

By |2019-01-07T15:16:56-06:00May 13th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, England, T.S. Eliot|

Other boys wanted to be football or basketball stars, millionaires, politicians, engineers, businessmen, lawyers, and doctors. My aim was to be an Anglican country parson. T.S. Eliot and George Herbert were my role models… From time to time, I am invited to speak to groups who want to hear my conversion story. The audiences are [...]

Ten Books That Shaped America’s Conservative Renaissance

By |2020-03-23T15:07:10-05:00March 12th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Economics, Edmund Burke, Eric Voegelin, Featured, Friedrich Hayek, George Nash, Ludwig von Mises, M. E. Bradford, Robert Nisbet, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, The Conservative Mind, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays, Wilhelm Roepke, William F. Buckley Jr.|

If we are to know and rebuild a conservative civil social order in this country, then we need to “rake from the ashes” of recent American history the books that influenced a generation of conservative scholars and public figures, books whose message resonated with much of the American populace and resulted in astonishing political [...]

“Ash Wednesday”

By |2020-02-24T12:01:43-06:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Ash Wednesday, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn Desiring this man’s gift and that man’s scope I no longer strive to strive towards such things (Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?) Why should I mourn The vanished power of the [...]

Russell Kirk’s “Eliot and His Age”

By |2017-01-05T10:08:53-06:00January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Featured, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot|

T.S. Eliot faced metaphysical crises of which even the most talented of the avant-garde were completely oblivious… Eliot and His Age: T.S. Eliot’s Moral Imagination in the Twentieth Century, by Russell Kik (Random House, 1972) Only late in Eliot’s life did Russell Kirk enjoy the personal intimacy which adds a special appeal to this [...]

What T.S. Eliot Taught Me About the Inadequacy of Words

By |2017-12-19T00:08:29-06:00December 25th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot, The Imaginative Conservative|

I am weary of words and wonder why. It is perhaps because I want to ascend to that silence that echoes the innocence of the sub-linguistic bliss. I want to attain what the hymn writer called “the silence of eternity, interpreted by Love"... For twenty years I have been writing, writing, writing. It began after [...]

The Integrity of the Pilgrim Scholar

By |2017-01-10T14:46:45-06:00December 10th, 2016|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Marion Montgomery, T.S. Eliot|

The primary responsibility of the young scholar is to an integrity as person—that is, to a fulfillment of his gifts as this person, limited in gifts but sharing with humanity a nature as intellectual soul incarnate… Polonius: “What do you read, my lord?” Hamlet: “Words, words, words.” At this turning of a millennium it [...]

Can a Conservative Embrace Romanticism?

By |2019-07-18T15:02:58-05:00August 30th, 2016|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Christopher Dawson, Edmund Burke, Irving Babbitt, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot, The Imaginative Conservative|

Undoubtedly trying to shock many of his readers—most of whom understandably associated him with radicalism in poetry and the Bloomsbury group in London—T.S. Eliot exclaimed rather baldly in the late 1920s, “I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.” […]

“Portrait of a Lady”

By |2016-08-21T20:22:09-05:00August 21st, 2016|Categories: Poetry, T.S. Eliot, The Imaginative Conservative|

Thou hast committed — Fornication: but that was in another country, And besides, the wench is dead. (The Jew of Malta) I Among the smoke and fog of a December afternoon You have the scene arrange itself—as it will seem to do— With "I have saved this afternoon for you"; And four wax candles in [...]