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Confessions of an Elder Statesman - T.S. Eliot, Part 4 of 4

Confessions of an Elder Statesman – T.S. Eliot, Part 4 of 4

The fourth and final installment of this series looking at T.S. Eliot’s “The Elder Statesman” culminates in what is the decisive dialogue in the entire play. For previous installments click here, here, and here. By way of review, Lord Claverton has been pressured out of high office “for his health’s sake” and finds that his […]

Who I Am Hates Who I've Been: T.S. Eliot's "The Elder Statesman" Part 3

Who I Am Hates Who I’ve Been: T.S. Eliot’s “The Elder Statesman” Part 3

We now come to the crucial issue of identity as understood and articulated by T.S. Eliot in his play “The Elder Statesman.” For previous posts in this short series click here and here. Lord Claverton is a politician by profession. And like a politician, he has tried to play the role of the responsible, admirable […]

T.S. Eliot's "The Elder Statesman" Part 2 - Sins of the Past

T.S. Eliot’s “The Elder Statesman” Part 2 – Sins of the Past

The following comes from T.S. Eliot’s play “The Elder Statesman.” It’s part 2 of 4. For the previous post go here. Those who flee from their past will always lose the race, I know this from experience. When you reach your goal, Your imagined paradise of success and grandeur, You will find your past failures […]

T. S. Eliot's "The Elder Statesman" - Part 1 of 4

T. S. Eliot’s "The Elder Statesman" – Part 1 of 4

I’ve recently been floored by T.S. Eliot’s last play “The Elder Statesman.” Eliot’s plays at their best speak with universal brilliance while remaining true to a moving plot. This play tells the story of a retired politician, Lord Claverton, whose past sins have come to back to haunt him. This brief series will reflect on […]