Thomas Stearns Eliot was an outstanding poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic, and editor. Considered as one of the 20th century's major poets, he is a central figure in English-language modernist poetry.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25 years and went on to settle, work, and marry there. He became a British Citizen in 1927 at the age of 39, subsequently renouncing his American citizenship.
Being a subversive outsider, he became the most celebrated poet of the 20th century – a world poet, who changed the way we think.
The young immigrant poet got a rejection for his poem disappointingly puritanical. But four years earlier, at the age of 22, he had completed his first masterpiece.
At least one editor considered it's borderline insane; another was “unable to make head or tail” of it. Its title was “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock”.
Prufrock’s “Love Song” first appeared in the US, tucked away towards the back of a small magazine, probably because the editor did not greatly care for it.
Whispers of Immortality
-by T. S. Eliot
WEBSTER was much possessed by death
And saw the skull beneath the skin;
And breastless creatures underground
Leaned backward with a lipless grin.
Daffodil bulbs instead of balls
Stared from the sockets of the eyes!
He knew that thought clings round dead limbs
Tightening its lusts and luxuries.
Donne, I suppose, was such another