Edited by Peter Iver Kaufman and Kristin M.S. Bezio
Chapter 7: Cultural leadership and T.S. Eliot: from cultural icon to cultural leader—or not?
In the seventh chapter, Cyrena N. Pondrom addresses what she calls T.S. Eliot’s attempt “to engage in right action” through the writing of poetry. Like both Shelley and Dickinson, Eliot’s writings struggle to reconcile his desire to promote new forms of culture and social responsibility with his sense of personal unworthiness, a duality which caused him to reject his own role as iconic poet in favor of the more proactive role of dramatic cultural leader.
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