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Ambrosio, Vinnie-Marie D'.

Eliot possessed: T.S. Eliot and FitzGerald's Rubáiyát. Vinnie-Marie D'Ambrosio. New York: New York University Press, 1989. X, 244 p. ISBN: 0814718140.


By his own account, T. S. Eliot’s love for poetry began when he first encountered the Rubáiyát at the age of fourteen, although he also claimed that he soon outgrew FitzGerald’s poem. D’Ambrosio’s monograph examines the complex ways in which both the poem and the figure of FitzGerald himself continued to haunt Eliot throughout his poetic career. (Victorian poetry, 2008)


Part I "Animula" (1929).
The possession
A bird's-eye view
Eliot's allegory
Omar and the boy
FitzGerald's allegory
The "Low dream"
Part II. America.
Critical shifts: Norton, Aldrich, and more
Young Eliot's rebellion
Part III. Crossings.
Parodying Omar at Harvard
Minuet a trois: Fitzgerald, Pound, and Eliot
Part IV. England.
The mystery in "Gerontion"
"Gerontion" and FitzGerald's character
The dispossession.