Edward Lobb’s study, first published in 1981, is a thorough examination of Eliot’s relation to Romantic criticism. This title also makes extensive use of Eliot’s Clark Lectures on metaphysical poetry. Delivered in 1926, the lectures complete the picture of literary history set out in Eliot’s published work, and are, the author believes, essential to a full understanding of the poet’s ideas and their place in tradition. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources and earlier scholarship, T. S. Eliot and the Romantic Critical Tradition will be of interest to students of literature.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Note on Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. History and Poetry 2. Romantic Criticism and the Golden Age 3. Eliot as Rhetorician; Conclusion; Appendix A: Eliot, Pound and Modernist Criticism; Appendix B: Eliot and Philosophical Aesthetics; Notes; Index