In compiling his Collected Poems 1909-1935 (1936), T. S. Eliot grouped four of his shorter poems in a distinct section headed “Ariel Poems”; this group was later enlarged to five poems in the Collected Poems 1909-1962 (1963). The name comes from that of the series in which each had been independently published: the “Ariel Poems”, published by the London firm of Faber & Gwyer (renamed Faber & Faber from 1929), of which Eliot was a director. The first thirty-eight Ariel Poems by several leading poets of the time had appeared between 1927 and 1931 as small four-page illustrated pamphlets that could be used as superior greetings cards, for Christmas or otherwise, or simply retained as …

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Citation: Baker, William. "Ariel Poems". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 April 2021 [, accessed 23 September 2023.]

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