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Completamento aperto,
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Vero o falso,
Domande in serie
Libro
Performer Heritage vol.2
Capitolo
Thomas Stearns Eliot
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Thomas Stearns Eliot: life and works
Choose the correct alternative to complete the sentences.

1. Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in ________ in 1888.
2. He was educated at Harvard and at ________.
3. He had an English and Indian/European background.
4. He studied the English ________ poets and John Donne.
5. He wrote an important essay on ________, whose works he had read in Italian.
6. He attended ________ lectures and read the works of the French Symbolists.
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The mythical method
Choose the correct alternatives to complete the sentence.

The mythical method
A: was also employed by Joyce in Ulysses.
B: is employed to hide the antithesis between past and present.
C: is based on the idea that old myths are absent in modern society.
D: is intended as a way of ordering the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history.
E: is rejected by Eliot in his essay Ulysses, Order and Myth.
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Thomas Stearns Eliot: life and works
Put the following sentences related to T.S. Eliot's life and works in the correct order: write numbers from 1 to 6.

________ He described the crisis of Western culture first in his masterpiece The Waste Land, dedicated to Ezra Pound, then in the poem The Hollow Men.
________ He published philosophical essays, taught and worked as a clerk in Lloyds Bank.
________ He wrote his first important work, that is, the collection of poems Prufrock and Other Observations.
________ He married Vivienne Haigh-Wood, a British ballet dancer who was mentally unstable.
________ He went to Lausanne so that his wife could undergo psychological treatment in a sanatorium.
________ He founded and edited the literary magazine The Criterion and was appointed director for Faber & Faber, which published his own writings and works by the young Ezra Pound and W.H. Auden.
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Thomas Stearns Eliot: life and works
Read the following sentences and say whether they are true or false.
A: Eliot became a British citizen and joined the Church of England in 1927.
B: After his conversion, he wrote religious poems like Murder in the Cathedral and The Family Reunion.
C: Two important plays of the 1930s are Ash Wednesday and Four Quartets.
D: He separated from his wife, who then died in a mental asylum, creating a sense of guilt in the poet.
E: In the 1930s and the 1940s he focused on ethical and philosophical issues.
F: He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.
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Thomas Stearns Eliot: works
The following features refer to the works written in the periods before and after Eliot's conversion. Choose the correct alternative.
A: They are characterised by purification, hope and joy.
B: They convey a pessimistic vision of the world.
C: The poetry of Journey of the Magi, Ash Wednesday and Four Quartets was written in this period.
D: Prufrock and Other Observations, Gerontion, The Waste Land and The Hollow Men belong to this period.
E: Murder in the Cathedral and The Family Reunion express the concerns that troubled the author in this period.
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The impersonality of the artist
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. T.S. Eliot wrote many important critical essays on ancient and modern authors, but also on the theory of poetry and on the fundamental principles of literary ________.
2. In his famous books The Sacred Wood and Selected Essays he explored problems of ________ and technique.
3. Here he expressed his idea, shared with James Joyce, that the artist has to be impersonal and to separate his ________ from his creations.
4. He thought that the poet did not have a personality to express, but a particular ________.
5. Significantly, the characters of his early works are ________ of modern men, that is, figures in which anyone can identify.
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The Waste Land: structure
Complete the names of the five sections of The Waste Land.

1. 'The ________' focuses on the opposition between sterility and fertility.
2. 'A Game ________' compares the present squalor to the splendour of the past.
3. 'The Fire ________' describes a loveless sexual encounter.
4. 'Death ________' focuses on the drowned Phoenician sailor Phlebas.
5. 'What ________' proposes sympathy with other human beings as a possible solution to the present predicament.
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The Waste Land: the speaking voice
Read the text below and find the five mistakes in it.

The poem, which is considered a central work in Symbolism, does not follow any order and does not have an internal unity. It collects precise states of the mind, impressions, and situations. However, there is one voice, which all the fragmentary passages seem to belong to: this is the voice of a single personality transcending the limits of space and time. The voice is that of the Christian prophet Tiresias, but also of the knight from the Grail legend, who moves through Paris and a post-war Central Europe that has lost its spiritual roots.
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The Waste Land: a new concept of history
Choose the correct alternative to complete the text.

Eliot's peculiar use of quotations from literary and religious works ________ his concept of tradition and history. He saw history as the repetition of the same events, maintaining that '________' was the ability to see the past as a concrete premise for the present. Eliot considered the poetic culture as a 'living ________' of all the poems written in different periods: he believed that the historical sense compels a man to write with a feeling of the ________ existence of all the literature of Europe. In The Waste Land the continuous ________ in time and space derives from the free associations of ideas and thoughts.
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The Waste Land: style
Complete the sentences with the words below.

1. Eliot reproduces the ________ of modern civilisation through a style which is fragmentary.
2. His style has ________ with that of the Cubists.
3. He requires the active participation of the reader by using the technique of ________.
4. The technique of the objective ________ implies that emotion can be expressed in art only by combining images, objects or descriptions evoking that specific emotion.
5. Eliot reckoned that in a work of art the emotion originates in the combination of ________ when they appear together.
6. He derived the technique of ________ from Jules Laforgue, pairing squalid elements with poetic ones.
7. The repetition of words, images and phrases from page to page increases the ________ of the poem.
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