Escape through Art

4 April 2015
A look at poetry by T.S. Eliot and how he used his poetry to express himself and escape from the hardships in his personal life.

This paper shows how this great American poet exposes his life extensively in his writings. It examines many of his poem and compares each one to an occurrence in Eliot’s life and shows how the poet used his art as a form of escape.
Eliot had an exceedingly difficult childhood because of a double hernia that affected him in his early schooling in St. Louis. As a result, he led a very sequestered childhood, and this is reflected in all of his poetry, but especially The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Another source of unhappiness was his first marriage. He married Vivien Haigh-wood but she suffered from neuralgia throughout their marriage and as a result, much of Eliot’s adult life was spent in a sort of living mourning both for his wife and for his married life. Vivien had to be admitted to a series of nursing homes and eventually Eliot’s first marriage failed entirely.
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