T. S. Eliot was not only one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century—he was also one of the most acute writers on his craft. In On Poetry and Poets, which was first published in 1957, Eliot explores the different forms and purposes of poetry in essays such as “The Three Voices of Poetry,” “Poetry and Drama,” and “What Is Minor Poetry?” as well as considerations of the works of individual poets, including Virgil, Milton, Byron, Goethe, and Yeats. As he writes in “The Music of Poetry,” “We must expect a time to come when poetry will have again to be recalled to speech. The same problems arise, and always in new forms; and poetry has always before it . . . an ‘endless adventure.’”Table of ContentsPrefaceON POETRYThe Social Function of PoetryThe Music of PoetryWhat Is Minor Poetry? What Is a Classic?Poetry and DramaThe Three Voices of PoetryThe Frontiers of CriticismON POETSVirgil and the Christian WorldSir John DaviesMilton IMilton IIJohnson as Critic and PoetByronGoethe as the SageRudyard KiplingYeats
T. S. Eliot was the author of The Waste Land and Four Quartets, among other works. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.