T. S. Eliot’s Poetry: Seeing Boredom

by Christian Parreno

It is an advantage to mankind in general to live in a beautiful world; that no one can doubt. But for the poet is it so important? We mean all sorts of things, I know, by Beauty. But the essential advantage for a poet is not to have a beautiful world with which to deal: it is to be able to see beneath both beauty and ugliness; to see boredom, and the horror, and the glory.

Eliot, T. S. (1986/1932-33) The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism. Cambridge, MA – USA: Harvard University Press.