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Alexander Gonzalez on T. S. Eliot

Themes of Eliot's Work

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Thomas Stearns Eliots' poetry is varied and unique, but has a tendency to employ a small number of themes to the exclusion of others.  These major themes include:
  • Alienation
  • Loneliness
  • The concept of the "urban wasteland"
  • Nihilism
  • Religious conviction
  • The nature of time
  • Hopelessness of existence

These themes are treated in greater detail under "Themes, Analyzed," a page which can be accessed from the navigation bar, above.

Works Cited

bbc - h2g2 - 'The Four Quartets' by T. S. Eliot. 21 Feb. 2000.

     British Broadcasting Company. 11 Apr. 2005

     <http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A260489>.


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