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Eliot, Thomas Stearns    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Eliot, T. S.
144 poems available by this author


A COOKING EGG    Poem Text    
First Line: Pipit sate upright in her chair
Last Line: Droop in a hundred a.B.C.'s
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


A SONG FOR SIMEON    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord, the roman hyacinths are blooming in bowls and
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


AD-DRESSING OF CATS       
First Line: You've read of several kinds of cat
Last Line: And there's how you ad-dress a cat
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


AFTERNOON       
First Line: The ladies who are interested in assyrian art
Last Line: Towards the unconscous, the ineffable, the absolute
Subject(s): British Museum, London; Museums


AIR OF PALESTINE, NO. 2       
First Line: God from a cloud to spender spoke
Last Line: Thanks to the westminster gazette
Subject(s): Critics And Criticism; Magazines; Spender, John Alfred (1862-1942)


ASH WEDNESDAY       
First Line: Because I do not hope to turn again
Last Line: Suffer me not to be separated %and let my cry come unto thee


AT GRADUATION 1905       
First Line: Standing upon the shore of all we know


AUNT HELEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Miss helen slingsby was my maiden aunt
Last Line: Who had always been so careful while her mistress lived.


BACCHUS AND ARIADNE; 2ND DEBATE BETWEEN THE BODY AND SOUL       
First Line: I saw their lives curl upward like a wave
Last Line: I am sure it is this %I am sure
Subject(s): Ariadne; Bacchus; Bodies; Mythology - Classical; Soul


BATTLE OF THE PEKES AND THE POLLICLES       
First Line: The pekes and the pollicles, everyone knows
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


BURBANK WITH A BAEDEKER: BLEISTEIN WITH A CIGAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Burbank crossed a little bridge
Last Line: Time's ruins, and the seven laws.


BURNT DANCER       
First Line: Within the yellow ring of flame
Last Line: O broken guest that may return not %o danse danse mon papillon noir!
Subject(s): Dancing And Dancers; Moths


BUSTOPHER JONES: THE CAT ABOUT TOWN       
First Line: Bustopher jones is not skin and bones
Last Line: It must and it shall be spring in pall mall %while bustopher jones wears his white spats!
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


CAT MORGAN INTRODUCES HIMSELF       
First Line: I once was a pirate what sailed the 'igh seas
Last Line: If jist you make friends with the cat at the door
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


CHORUSES FROM THE ROCK       
First Line: The eagle soars in the summit of heaven
Last Line: Bring us farther from god and nearer to the dust
Subject(s): Christianity


CINVICTIONS (CURTAIN RAISER)       
First Line: Among my marionettes I find
Last Line: Have these keen moments every day


CONVERSATION GALANTE    Poem Text    
First Line: I observe: 'our sentimental friend the moon!'
Last Line: "and -- ""are we then so serious?"


COUSIN NANCY    Poem Text    
First Line: Miss nancy ellicott
Last Line: The army of unalterable law.
Subject(s): Girls; Modern Life


CULTIVATION OF CHRISTMAS TREES       
First Line: There are several attitudes towards christmas
Subject(s): Holidays


DEATH BY WATER       
First Line: Phlebas the phoenician, a fortnight dead
Last Line: Consider phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you


DEDICATION TO MY WIFE       
First Line: To whom I owe the leaping delight
Last Line: These are private words addressed to you in public
Subject(s): Love


DIFFICULTIES OF A STATESMAN       
First Line: Cry what shall I cry?


DO I KNOW HOW I FEEL? DO I KNOW WHAT I THINK?       
Last Line: I do not know what, after, and I do not care either
Subject(s): Thought


EASTER: SENSATIONS OF APRIL (1)       
First Line: The little negro girl who lives across the alley
Last Line: Brings a geranium from sunday school
Subject(s): Easter; Holidays


EASTER: SENSATIONS OF APRIL (2)       
First Line: Daffodils %long yellow sunlight fills
Last Line: Irritate the imagination %or the nerves
Subject(s): Daffodils; Easter; Holidays


ENGINE       
First Line: The engine hammered and hummed. Flat faces of american business men
Last Line: The machine recommence, and then the music, and the feet upon the deck
Subject(s): Machinery And Machinists


ENTRETIEN DANS UN PARC       
First Line: [was it a morning or an afternoon
Last Line: But then, what opening out of dusty souls!


EYES THAT LAST I SAW IN TEARS       


FIRST CAPRICE IN NORTH CAMBRIDGE       
First Line: A street-piano, garrulous and frail
Last Line: Oh, these minor considerations!
Subject(s): Cambridge, Massachusetts


FIRST DEBATE BETWEEN THE BODY AND SOUL       
First Line: The august wind is shambling down the street
Last Line: The withered leaves %of our sensations
Subject(s): Bodies; Soul


FIVE-FINGER EXERCISE, SELS.       


FOUR QUARTETS: BURNT NORTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Time present and time past
Last Line: Stretching before and after.
Subject(s): Time


FOUR QUARTETS: EAST COKER       
First Line: In my beginning is my end. In succession
Last Line: Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning


FOUR QUARTETS: LITTLE GIDDING (1-5 COMPLETE)    Poem Text    
First Line: Midwinter spring is its own season
Variant Title(s): Little Gidding
Subject(s): Flowers; History; Perseverance; Roses; Self; Time; Winter; Historians


FOUR QUARTETS: LITTLE GIDDING (1-5 COMPLETE)       
First Line: Midwinter spring is its own season
Last Line: Into the crowded knot of fire %and the fire and the rose are one
Variant Title(s): Little Giddin
Subject(s): Flowers; History; Perseverance; Roses; Self; Time; Winter


FOUR QUARTETS: LITTLE GIDDING: 2       
First Line: Ash on an old man's sleeve
Last Line: And faded on the blowing of the horn


FOUR QUARTETS: LITTLE GIDDING: 3       
First Line: There are three conditions which often look alike
Last Line: By the purification of the motive %in the ground of our beseeching


FOUR QUARTETS: LITTLE GIDDING: 4       
First Line: The dove descending breaks the air
Last Line: We only live, only suspire %consumed by either fire or fire


FOUR QUARTETS: LITTLE GIDDING: 5       
First Line: What we call the beginning is often the end
Last Line: Into the crowned knot of fire %and the fire and the rose are one


FOUR QUARTETS: THE DRY SALVAGES (1-5 COMPLETE)       
First Line: The river is within us, the sea is all about us
Last Line: The life of significant soil
Subject(s): Sea


FOUR QUARTETS: THE DRY SALVAGES: 2       
First Line: Where is there an end of it, the soundless wailing


FOUR QUARTETS: THE DRY SALVAGES: 4       
First Line: Lady, whose shrine stands on the promontory
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Women - Bible


FOURTH CAPRICE IN MONTPARNASSE       
First Line: We turn the corner of the street
Last Line: But why are we so hard to please?
Subject(s): Montparnasse, Paris


FOX AND THE GRAPES       
First Line: A fox of gascon, though some say of norman descent
Subject(s): Animals


GERONTION    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Here I am, an old man in a dry month
Last Line: Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season.
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Cowardice; Decay; Emptiness; Old Age; Estrangement; Outcasts; Rot; Decadence


GOLDFISH (ESSENCE OF SUMMER MAGAZINES): 1       
First Line: Always the august evenings come
Last Line: Of our marionettes %inconsequent, intolerable
Subject(s): Leisure; Summer


GOLDFISH (ESSENCE OF SUMMER MAGAZINES): 2. EMBARQUEMENT POUR CYTHERE       
First Line: Ladies, the moon is on its way!
Last Line: Philosophy through a paper straw
Subject(s): Leisure; Summer; Watteau, Antoine (1684-1721)


GOLDFISH (ESSENCE OF SUMMER MAGAZINES): 3       
First Line: On every sultry afternoon
Last Line: Bays %and rose
Subject(s): Leisure; Summer


GOLDFISH (ESSENCE OF SUMMER MAGAZINES): 4       
First Line: Among the debris of the year
Last Line: Of street pianos and small beer
Subject(s): Leisure; Summer


GROWLTIGER'S LAST STAND       
First Line: Growltiger was a bravo cat, who lived upon a barge
Last Line: And a day of celebration was commanded at bangkok
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


GUS: THE THEATRE CAT       
First Line: Gus is the cat at the theatre door
Last Line: When I made history %as firefrorefiddle, the fiend of the fell


HE SAID: THIS UNIVERSE IS VERY CLEVER       
Last Line: No one took the trouble to make an article


HIDDEN UNDER THE HERON'S WING       
Last Line: To be swept away by the housemaid's crimson fist


HOLLOW MEN       
First Line: We are the hollow men
Last Line: This is the way the world ends %not with a bang but a whimper


HONEYMOON       
First Line: They have seen the lowlands then returned to terre haute
Last Line: In its rotting stones precise byzantine form


HYSTERIA    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: As she laughed I was aware of becoming involved in her
Last Line: Attention with careful subtlety to this end.
Subject(s): Depression, Mental; Mentally Depressed; Mental Distress


I DO NOT KNOW MUCH ABOUT GODS; BUT I THINK THAT THE RIVER       
First Line: I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river
Last Line: And the evening circle in the winter gaslight.


IN SILENT CORRIDORS OF DEATH       
Last Line: Of the alleys of death %of the corridors of death
Subject(s): Death


IN THAT OPEN FIELD       
Last Line: Or there, or elsewhere. In my beginning
Subject(s): Environment; Fields


IN THE DEPARTMENT STORE       
First Line: The lady of the porcelain department
Last Line: It is not possible for me to make her happy
Subject(s): Department Stores; Life


INSIDE THE GLOOM       
Last Line: So they cried and chattered %as if it mattered


INTERLUDE IN LONDON       
First Line: We hibernate among the bricks
Last Line: And broken flutes at garret windows
Subject(s): London


INTERLUDE: IN A BAR       
First Line: Across the room the shifting smoke
Last Line: Like dirty broken finger nails %tapping the bar
Subject(s): Bars And Bartenders


INTROSPECTION       
First Line: The mind was six feet deep in a
Last Line: The brick wall, scraping at the %cracks
Subject(s): Introspection


JOURNEY OF THE MAGI    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A cold coming we had of it
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Christianity; Christmas; Loss; Magi; Estrangement; Outcasts; Nativity, The


JOURNEY OF THE MAGI       
First Line: A cold coming we had of it
Last Line: With an alien people clutching their gods. %I should be glad of another death
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Christianity; Christmas; Loss; Magi


LA FIGLIA CHE PIANGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Stand on the highest pavement of the stair
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of; Regret


LA FIGLIA CHE PIANGE       
First Line: Stand on the highest pavement of the stair
Last Line: Sometimes these cogitations still amaze %the troubled midnight and the noon's repose
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of; Regret


LANDSCAPES, SELS.       


LINES FOR AN OLD MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The tiger in the tiger-pit
Subject(s): Hate; Men


LINES FOR AN OLD MAN       
First Line: The tiger in the tiger-pit
Last Line: The dullard knows that he is mad. %tell me if I am not glad
Subject(s): Hate; Men


LINES TO RALPH HODGSON, ESQRE.       
First Line: How delightful to meet mr. Hodgson
Last Line: Everyone wants to meet him
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


LITTLE PASSION FROM 'AN AGONY IN THE GARRET'       
First Line: Upon those stufling august nights
Last Line: A smile which I cannot forget %a washed-out, unperceived disgrace


LOVE SONG OF ST. SEBASTIAN       
First Line: I would come in a shirt of hair
Last Line: And because you were no longer beautiful %to anyone but me
Subject(s): Love; Martyrs; Sebastian, Saint (d. 288)


MACAVITY: THE MYSTERY CAT    Poem Text    
First Line: Macavity's a mystery cat: he's called the hidden paw
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Crime & Criminals; Villains In Literature


MACAVITY: THE MYSTERY CAT       
First Line: Macavity's a mystery cat: he's called the hidden paw
Last Line: Are nothing more than agents for the cat who all the time %just controls their operations: the napol
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Crime And Criminals; Villains In Literature


MANDARINS       
First Line: Stands there, complete
Last Line: How life goes well in pink and green!


MARINA    Poem Text    
First Line: What seas what shores what grey rocks and what islands
Subject(s): Fathers & Daughters; Sea; Ocean


MARINA       
First Line: What seas what shores what grey rocks and what islands
Last Line: And woodthrush calling through the fog %my daughter
Subject(s): Fathers And Daughters; Sea


MEN WHO TURN FROM GOD       
First Line: O weariness of men who turn from god
Subject(s): Religion


MORNING AT THE WINDOW    Poem Text    
First Line: They are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens
Last Line: And vanishes along the level of the roofs.


MR MISTOFFELEES       
First Line: You ought to know mr mistoffelees
Last Line: As magical mr mistoffelees


MR. APOLLINAX    Poem Text    
First Line: When mr. Apollinax visited the united states
Last Line: I remember a slice of lemon, and a bitten macaroon.


MR. ELIOT'S SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Polyphiloprogenitive / the sapient sutlers of the lord
Last Line: Are controversial, polymath.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL: CHORUS 1       
First Line: We do not wish any to happen
Last Line: In a final fear which none understands


MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL: CHORUS 2       
First Line: We have not been happy, my lord, we have not been too happy
Last Line: They curl round you, lie at your feet, swing and wing through the dark air


NAMING OF CATS       
First Line: The naming of cats is a difficult matter
Last Line: Deep and inscrutable singular name


O LORD, HAVE PATIENCE       
Last Line: By my classical convictions


OH LITTLE VOICES OF THE THROATS OF MEN       
Last Line: You had not known whether they laughed or wept
Subject(s): Truth


OLD GUMBIE CAT       
First Line: I have a gumbie cat in mind, her name is jennyanydots
Last Line: On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears


ON A PORTRAIT       
First Line: Among a crowd of tenuous dreams, unknown


OPERA       
First Line: Tristan and isolde
Last Line: At the undertakers' ball
Subject(s): Opera; Tristram And Isolde


OPOSSUM'S DREAM       
First Line: Opossum %I hang from %the limb
Last Line: I hang from %the limb %of sleep


PAYSAGE TRISTE       
First Line: The girl who mounted in the omnibus
Last Line: Who had your opera-glasses in his care
Subject(s): Buses


PORTRAIT OF A LADY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Among the smoke and fog of a december afternoon
Subject(s): Friendship; Music & Musicians; Women


PORTRAIT OF A LADY       
First Line: Among the smoke and fog of a december afternoon
Last Line: Now that we talk of dying- %and should I have the right to smile?
Subject(s): Friendship; Music And Musicians; Women


PRELUDE: 2       
First Line: The morning comes to consciousness


PRELUDE: 3       
First Line: You tossed a blanket from the bed


PRELUDE: 4       
First Line: His soul stretched tight across the skies


PRELUDES: 1-4 (COMPLETE)    Poem Text    
First Line: The winter evening settles down
Last Line: Gathering fuel in vacant lots.
Variant Title(s): Preludes
Subject(s): Evening; Sunset; Twilight


RHAPSODY ON A WINDY NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Twelve o'clock. / among the reaches of the street
Last Line: The last twist of the knife.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


RIVER'S TENT IS BROKEN: THE LAST FINGERS OF LEAF       
Last Line: Sweet thames, run softly, for I speak not loud or long
Subject(s): Rivers


ROCK, SELS.       
Subject(s): Religion


ROCK: CHORUS 1       
First Line: The eagle soars in the summit of heaven
Last Line: In country or suburb, and in the town %only for important weddings
Variant Title(s): Knowledge Without Wisdo
Subject(s): Religion


ROCK: CHORUS 10       
First Line: You have seen the house built, you have seen it adorned
Subject(s): Religion


ROCK: CHORUS 2       
First Line: O light invisible, we praise thee!


ROCK: CHORUS 6       
First Line: It is hard for those who have never known persecution
Last Line: And if the temple is to be cast down %we must first build the temple
Subject(s): Religion


ROCK: CHORUSES, SELS.       
First Line: I journeyed to the suburbs, and there I was told
Last Line: If the weather is foul we stay at home and reas the papers
Subject(s): Suburbs; Travel


RUM TUM TUGGER       
First Line: The rum tum tugger is a curious cat
Last Line: And there's no doing anything about it!


SECOND CAPRICE IN NORTH CAMBRIDGE       
First Line: This charm of vacant lots!
Last Line: Under a sunset yellow and rose
Subject(s): Cambridge, Massachusetts


SILENCE       
First Line: Along the city streets
Last Line: There is nothing else beside
Subject(s): Cities; Silence; Streets


SKIMBLESHANKS: THE RAILWAY CAT       
First Line: There's a whisper down the line at 11:39
Last Line: You'll meet without fail on the midnight mail %the cat of the railway train
Subject(s): Animals; Cats


SMOKE THAT GATHERS BLUE AND SINKS       
Last Line: Here's your gin %now begin!
Subject(s): Singing And Singers; Smoking


SONG       
First Line: When we came home across the hill


SONG FOR SIMEON       
First Line: Lord, the roman hyacinths are blooming in bowls and
Last Line: Let thy servant depart, %having seen thy salvation
Subject(s): Bible; Religion


SONG OF THE JELLICLES       
First Line: Jellicle cats come out tonight
Last Line: They are resting and saving themselves to be right %for the jellicle moon and the jellicle ball
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Imagination


SPLEEN       
First Line: Sunday: this satisfied procession


SUITE CLOWNESQUE       
First Line: Across the painted colonnades
Last Line: Concentrated into vest and nose


SUPPRESSED COMPLEX       
First Line: She lay very still in bed with stubborn eyes
Last Line: I passed joyously out through the window


SWEENEY AGONISTES: FRAGMENT OF A PROLOGUE       
First Line: How bout pereira? %what about pereira?
Last Line: And he's promised to show us around


SWEENEY AGONISTES: FRAGMENT OF AN AGON       
First Line: I'll carry you off %to a cannibal isle
Last Line: Knock knock knock %knock %knock %knock


SWEENEY AMONG THE NIGHTINGALES    Poem Text    
First Line: Apeneck sweeney spreads his knees
Last Line: To stain the stiff dishonoured shroud.
Subject(s): Constellations; Decay; Mythology; Rot; Decadence


SWEENEY ERECT    Poem Text    
First Line: Paint me a cavernous waste shore
Last Line: And a glass of brandy neat.


THE BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT    Poem Text    
First Line: The readers of the boston evening transcript
Last Line: "and I say, ""cousin harriet, here is the boston evening transcript."
Subject(s): Americans; United States; America


THE HIPPOPOTAMUS    Poem Text    
First Line: The broad-backed hippopotamus / rests on his belly in the mud
Last Line: Wrapt in the old miasmal mist.
Subject(s): Animals; Hippopotamuses


THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Let us go then, you and I
Last Line: Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
Subject(s): Aging; Alienation (social Psychology); Apathy; Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564); Modern Man; Paralysis; Estrangement; Outcasts


THE ROCK: CHORUS 1    Poem Text    
First Line: The eagle soars in the summit of heaven
Variant Title(s): Knowledge Without Wisdom
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE SONG OF THE JELLICLES    Poem Text    
First Line: Jellicle cats come out tonight
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Imagination; Fancy


THE WASTE LAND (1-5, COMPLETE)    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: April is the cruellest month, breeding
Last Line: Shantih shantih shantih
Subject(s): Civilization; Decay; Emptiness; Rot; Decadence


THERE SHALL ALWAYS BE THE CHURCH       
Last Line: And the gates of hell shall not prevail
Subject(s): Religion


THIS IS THE DEAD HOUR       


THREE DREAM SONGS       


TRIUMPHAL MARCH       
First Line: Stone, bronze, stone, steel, stone, oakleaves, horses' heels
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; War


VISIT       
First Line: Oh, do not ask, 'what is it?'
Last Line: Let us go and make our visit
Subject(s): Language


WASTE LAND, SELS.       
First Line: Footsteps shuffled on the stair
Last Line: I never know what you are thinking. Think'


WASTE LAND: 1. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD       
First Line: April is the cruellest month, breeding
Last Line: You! Hypocrite lecteur! - mon semblable, - mon frere!


WASTE LAND: 2. A GAME OF CHESS       
First Line: The chair she sat in, like a burnished throne
Last Line: Good night, ladies, good night, sweet ladies, good night, good night


WASTE LAND: 3. THE FIRE SERMON       
First Line: The river's tent is broken; the last fingers of leaf
Last Line: O lord thou pluckest %burning


WASTE LAND: 4. DEATH BY WATER       
First Line: Phlebas the phoenician, a fortnight dead
Last Line: Consider phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you
Subject(s): Death


WASTE LAND: 5. WHAT THE THUNDER SAID       
First Line: After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
Last Line: Shantih shantih shantih


WHEN THE CHURCH IS NO LONGER REGARDED       
First Line: But is seems that something has happened that has never happened before
Subject(s): Religion


WHILE YOU WERE ABSENT IN THE LAVORATORY       
Last Line: Twitching his nose toward the crumbs
Subject(s): Restaurants


WHISPERS OF IMMORTALITY    Poem Text    
First Line: Webster was much possessed by death
Last Line: To keep our metaphysics warm.
Subject(s): Immortality


WIND SPRANG UP AT FOUR O'CLOCK