Tuesday 1.30 - 3.30
T.S. Eliot was perhaps the most important and influential poet writing in English in the first half of the 20th century. His two works, The Wasteland and Four Quartets, are often regarded as the key poetic monuments of the Modernist period, although they are also seen as fiercely challenging and difficult. On this course we will read these poems, seeking to put them into historical and literary context and exploring their rich texture of meaning and technique. In addition to these poems we will read Eliot’s verse-play Murder in the Cathedral, in order to gain a better understanding of the main themes and subjects which drove his art in the years between the wars.