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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry$
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James Williams and Matthew Bevis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198708568

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.001.0001

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T. S. Eliot Plays Edward Lear

T. S. Eliot Plays Edward Lear

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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Anne Stillman

Oxford University Press

This chapter tries to understand T. S. Eliot and Edward Lear as companionable forms. It thinks about allusions to Lear in Eliot's verse, but also attempts to apprehend a more elusive comic spirit they may share. The essay considers rhyme, a grotesque style, wit, jingles, kinkiness. It ends by pondering why Eliot might have described Lear as singing the ‘blues’.

Keywords:   Edward Lear, T. S. Eliot, Victorian poetry, modernism, nonsense, influence, play, rhyme

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