T.S Eliot: Timeless Influence on a Modern Generation

Brushed With Mystery

I happened to overhear a conversation between two of my drama students- they were supposed to present T.S. Eliot’s work  in English that day, and they thought his poems were both boring and unintelligible. I interjected, and suggested that they look at him from a modern cultural standpoint-how have his poems affected and continue to influence modern culture?  They seemed less than amused until I suggested that they look at modern music that might use, or be inspired by,  his poetry.  At the end of the class they told me they were going to spend lunchtime researching my suggestions; their curiosity was piqued, and so was mine.

It turns out that there is quite a lot of modern culture that is influenced by T.S. Eliot, who lived from 1885 to 1965; he was a poet, playwright and publisher.  His most notable poems were: The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock

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