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.

“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 [...]

A People Without History: T.S. Eliot’s Critique of Evolutionary History

By |2019-07-18T15:24:00-05:00August 4th, 2016|Categories: Benjamin Lockerd, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, History, Poetry, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot, The Imaginative Conservative|

While T.S. Eliot never made any comments critical of Charles Darwin or his theory of the evolution of species, he was quite critical of various popularized versions of Darwin’s theory that exaggerated its explanatory power and extrapolated from it into metaphysical, moral, historical, and socio-political spheres where, in his view, it had no authority. [...]

The Truth of Beauty: Educating the Moral Imagination

By |2017-06-01T15:22:05-05:00July 5th, 2016|Categories: Beauty, Benjamin Lockerd, C.S. Lewis, Russell Kirk, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot, Truth|

Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. —Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn” These famous lines of Keats have charmed and delighted readers for two centuries, but skeptics have scoffed at his claim, especially as beauty is well known to be wholly subjective, a [...]

“Little Gidding”: T.S. Eliot’s Final Answer

By |2019-08-30T10:51:55-05:00June 11th, 2016|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Literature, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

The first three of the Four Quartets provide deep connections between significant geography and significant biography for T.S. Eliot. In Burnt Norton, the site of a ruined manor house became the locus for a meditation on what might have been. His visit there with an old college flame, Emily Hale, prompted a poem of nostalgia [...]

Youth and Age in T.S. Eliot’s “Dry Salvages”

By |2019-09-05T13:35:56-05:00May 28th, 2016|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Homer, Odyssey, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

As the Second World War raged around him, T.S. Eliot composed the third of his Four Quartets. Conscious now that he was developing a series of poems, Dry Salvages continues his meditations on the nature of time and eternity. The visit of an old college friend (and suitable spouse) had prompted Burnt Norton—a poem [...]

T.S. Eliot’s Lost Love

By |2016-05-13T21:43:16-05:00May 13th, 2016|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Love, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

T.S.Eliot argued that the biographical details of the poet were irrelevant to the understanding of the poetry, and yet his own poetry is so deeply personal that it often remains obtuse until illuminated by an understanding of his personal life. Eliot’s masterpiece—The Four Quartets—are the perfect example, and Burnt Norton—the first of the four—reveals [...]

Oak and Stone and the Permanent Things

By |2019-08-15T15:15:11-05:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Edmund Burke, Permanent Things, T.S. Eliot, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Ian Crowe as he explores the thought of T.S. Eliot, Edmund Burke on the permanent things. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher For the present is the point at which time touches eternity. —C.S. Lewis[1] It was in 1939, in The Idea of a [...]

Education as if Truth Mattered

By |2019-09-28T09:50:36-05:00March 1st, 2016|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Education, Evelyn Waugh, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Great Books, Joseph Pearce, StAR, T.S. Eliot|

The title of this essay, “Education as if Truth Mattered,” is taken from the subtitle of Christopher Derrick’s book, Escape from Scepticism: Liberal Education as if Truth Mattered, published in 1977. Derrick’s subtitle was itself borrowed and adapted from the subtitle of E. F. Schumacher’s international bestseller, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People [...]

The Voice of This Calling: The Enduring Legacy of T.S. Eliot

By |2019-06-06T18:33:20-05:00February 28th, 2016|Categories: Essential, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, The Conservative Mind, Timeless Essays, Tradition|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Clint Brand as he considers the legacy of T.S. Eliot.  —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher In 1953, the first edition of The Conservative Mind was subtitled From Burke to Santayana; the second and every edition thereafter bore the subtitle From Burke to Eliot. [...]

East of Early Winters: The Poetic Craft

By |2019-09-12T12:05:31-05:00February 19th, 2016|Categories: Poetry, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot|

East of Early Winters, by Richard Wakefield (The University of Evansville Press, 2006) No period in the history of the arts more doggedly insisted on its concern with craft—its identification of artist with artisan—than did the Modernist period at the beginning of the twentieth century. And yet, at no time were the familiar features [...]