Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock. 3. The waste land. 4. Ash Wednesday. 5. Four quartets. 6. R.S. Eliot and Anandavardhana: a similar thought. Bibliography.
The book attempts to study the poetry of T.S. Eliot in the light of Anandavardhanas Dhvani theory. Though the germs of this doctrine manifest themselves in the speculations of earlier theoreticians Anandavardhana is the first literary critic to give a full bodied form to the concept and to enunciate a new principle of literary evaluation absorbing the concepts propounded by the earlier theoreticians. The doctrine has since then been accepted as an important principle of criticism in Indian poetics.
We have two great personalities here Anandavardhanas and T.S. Eliot. The former belonged to the ninth century and the latter to the twentieth century. One came from east the other from west representing different cultures. However these differences pose no bar as poetics is concerned not with particular work but with literary discourse. There are many affinities between Eliot and Anandavardhanas views regarding poetic creation which facilitate the interpretation of the poetry of the former and the application of the Dhvani theory. The analysis of the poems provides with ample space to accommodate the idea that the poems as a whole can be catagorised as Dhvanikavya or suggestive poetry primarily because Eliot has resorted to various stylistic devices which work as successful suggesters. The book will it is believed be found useful to the students teachers and researchers of literature. (jacket)