The Waste Land by T S Eliot. It's one of the most influential poems ever written. One of the most innovative. And, to many, the greatest poem of the twentieth century.
So why is it so difficult to read? Many (including those who've read it) still feel at a loss when they try to talk about the poem, let alone enjoy it. Is that even possible?
In his talk "Reading The Waste Land," Will Gray will explore these all-too-common experiences while delving into the poem itself, its writing and its sources, its difficulty and its graceful energy, its long road that out of hell leads up to light. Shouldn't your experience of such a great poem be . . . well, great?
[Note: For a maximum listening experience, you'll want to read the poem in advance, and even bring a copy if you have one. See you there!]
Will Gray is a Lecturer in Contemporary Literature at Clemson University. He writes professionally for VantagePoint marketing firm and is finishing a PhD on T S Eliot and the Metaphysical poets from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. To boot, he likes to think he's a nice guy who can talk about complicated topics in less-than-complicated ways.