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Christopher Ricks on TS Eliot’s greatness—and his “ugly touches”

TS Eliot's poems will be opened up by a new comprehensive annotated edition

By Sameer Rahim  
TS Eliot with his sister and cousin in 1934 (© Lady Ottoline Morrell)

TS Eliot with his sister and cousin in 1934 (© Lady Ottoline Morrell)

TS Eliot was one of the great poets of the 20th century. In the words of Christopher Ricks, though, his work was also “difficult and allusive and subtle.” Along with his co-editor Jim McCue he has brought out a long-awaited two-volume annotated edition of the complete poems, which explains Eliot’s literary references and puts the poems in historical context. Ricks, also one of our most…

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