T.S. Eliot• 1888-1965• Most famous English poet of his time• Leader of Modernist movement• Born in U.S.• Educated at Harvard went to England to study at Oxford, became UK citizen• Found religion in 1927
Eliot’s Writing• Modern world = fragmented, full of despair• Modernism: response to this world created by mass society and industrialism ▫ Objectivity use images and allusions, not direct thoughts and feelings ▫ Images for artistic effect > realistic depictions of life ▫ Pay attention to spiritual troubles in life
Modern Versionand“Spiritual Homelessness”1. Re-create “Journey of the Magi” as a modern version. You have two choices: ▫ Use the same story but change the words ▫ Modernize the story and the language2. Construct a poster to show this idea of “Spiritual Homelessness” the speaker describes. Be creative and use Eliot’s poem for help. Imagine what actual characteristics of homelessness are and show how “Spiritual Homelessness could be similar.