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American Classics: T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot represents high modernism and scares many of us with the difficulty of his work and the gigantic intellect that he applied to poetry, drama, and to literary criticism. Come to this seminar to spend a little time on the doorstep of the cathedral of thought and imagination he created, dwelling together. We will look at some of his poems and try to understand his legacy of how to read poems such as these. We will aim to see how finding a language adequate to the experience of the post-World War period involved such complexity.