T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot was and is known as one of the most influential writers of the modern era of literature. His original formatting and ideas brought a new refreshing view to poetry, and his messages about the time period are still relatable and impactful today. Eliot is also known as a ‘cubist of poetry.’ Cubism is a style of art that became popular during the time period when Eliot was producing his poems. Cubism ignored the classical styles of art and instead made works out of basic shapes and abstract collages. Eliot’s poems are exactly like this; each one with a different format and told in an original form. Eliot is also known as an artist. He even refers to art in some instances of his poems. In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Eliot writes, “In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo.” In his poem Afternoon, Eliot writes, “The ladies who are interested in Assyrian art / Gather in the hall of the British Museum.” Eliot clearly has an interest in art. In the painting expressed below T.S. Eliot (1949), the artist Patrick Heron depicts Eliot using the cubist style. Eliot’s face is a collage of different colors and simple geometric shapes and edges. Much like Eliot’s work, it is a hodgepodge of different unusual things. Heron depicts Eliot in a way that Eliot wrote his poems, differently and in an unusual manner. Eliot was an artist of poetry, and his paintbrush was his pen.

T.S. Eliot (1949). Patrick Heron. National Portrait Gallery, London
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