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Eliot and Rilke: A Comparative Study of Thought and Symbolism in T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets and R. M. Rilke's Duino Elegies

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dc.contributor.author Dronke, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-31T00:14:16Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-01T00:55:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-31T00:14:16Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-01T00:55:33Z
dc.date.copyright 1954
dc.date.issued 1954
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/27494
dc.description.abstract So much has been written on T. S. Eliot and Rainer Maria Rilke that the reason for writing this thesis may need some explanation. Very often criticism of Eliot and Rilke has given general estimates, but general estimates without careful textual study as a foundation. The results of this sort of criticism may be interesting, but they do not always convince us of their rightness, just because they are "interpretations of..." without the "evidence for..." Where close analytic study has been done, it has dealt with the poet's feelings more often than with his symbols and their meaning. To write about a poet's feelings is a tricky business, however: as often as not it reveals more of the writer's own feelings than of the poet's. This is not to suggest that a poem’s meaning is something that may be geometrically analysed or deduced. The meaning cannot be a lowest common denominator of interpretations. If the meaning of a poem stood by itself, if the poem were perfect esse subsistens, it would be “out-topping knowledge”: presumably, nothing more could be said. Yet the nearer a work approaches this state the more necessary it seems to say something. The Four Quartets and the Duino Elegies are striking examples of this. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.title Eliot and Rilke: A Comparative Study of Thought and Symbolism in T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets and R. M. Rilke's Duino Elegies en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ


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