The author of the long prose poem is a Frenchman, St. J. Perse, Eliot has done a close bit of translation, preserving the...
by ‧RELEASE DATE: March 3, 1938
The author of the long prose poem is a Frenchman, St. J. Perse, Eliot has done a close bit of translation, preserving the color, mood and biblical rhythm of the original. He has simplified it by modifying the extremes of sentence structure, though it is still baffling and obscure at times. The author is an imagist, an ultra-modern; the poetry ranks as such through its visual imagery, and the stress and pause that distinguish it from prose. The content is intended to convey a picture of migration, conquest or destruction, vast spaces civilized in the Asiatic wastelands, rather than any specific migration of the past. Its sales value will lie chiefly in Eliot's name.