And yet, in a time of pandemic and social distancing, could there be a poet more useful to our understanding of the importance of home? Is there a poet more concerned with the subtle and oftentimes enigmatic ways in which our beginnings shape us? Despite his reputation as the cold and stuffy esthete who coined the term “objective correlative,” it’s fascinating to note all of the ways in which Eliot’s formative years nourished his later work and provided a vocabulary for his poetic insights. There are always unmistakable echoes of home in Eliot’s poems of homelessness.
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