The Persistence of Beauty Public Lecture Series - The Beauties of T.S. Eliot
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"A man could make just as fine an art in discords, and with nothing but "ugly" trivial and terrible materials, as any classic artist did with only "beautiful" and pleasant means", wrote Wyndham Lewis in *Blast*. Eliot might seem a great instance of that modernist desire to utilise the hitherto untapped recourses of ugliness: his own poetry has what he claimed of Blake's, "the unpleasantness of great poetry". But beauty dies a lingering death in Eliot's verse, and in his literary thinking more generally; and this lecture traces some of the ways in which its presence is all the more striking for its precariousness.
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