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T.S. Eliot

Date recorded: 1 Jan 2005 | Speaker: Jerram Barrs | Event: ELF Workshop


.TS Eliot wrote his most well-known poetry eighty years ago – but when we read “The Wasteland” or “The Hollow Men,” we find a Europe which we recognise, the Europe in which we live. His poems are far easier to understand today than they were when they were first published, simply because they were so prophetic of the wasteland that was even then being made. How did Eliot develop such wisdom and foresight into the changes taking place all around him? What was Eliot trying to express and why is it so easy for postmodern teens to relate to works that were, for many decades, considered impenetrably difficult?