I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. T. S. Eliot
I do not think that they will sing to me.
(26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was a poet, raised in America but who lived his adult life in England. The Waste Land
is his most famous poem.
One of his lighter works, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
, inspired the musical Cats
Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is one of the single most quoted works of Western literature.
Works by Eliot with their own trope pages include:
Other works by Eliot provide examples of:
- Close-Knit Community: Discussed in "Choruses from The Rock"
- Dear Negative Reader: The Triumph of Bullshit. Never published in his lifetime, but quite stunning to read. "For Christ's sake, stick it up your ass."
- Literary Allusion Title: Aside from inspiring many of these, Portrait of a Lady is a reference to a novel by Henry James.
- Lying Creator: Admitted that the notes attached to The Waste Land were there to fill space, and that at least some of them were intentionally misleading.
- Shout-Out: Eliot was a master of allusion, weaving it throughout his works.
- Sophisticated as Hell: The aforementioned The Triumph of Bullshit.
- Stepford Smiler: J. Alfred Prufrock.