Tuesday 13th June, 12:30 – 2:00pm
A Homage to T. S. Eliot: Poetry at SMSA Reading
Date & Time
The Poetry at SMSA members’ group will pay homage to T. S. Eliot through a special reading of his famous poems The Waste Land, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, Preludes, Journey of the Magi, parts of Four Quartets, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday and Gus the Theatre cat. The event will start with a brief introduction. The date of this event is significant, A Homage to T.S. Eliot took place at the Globe Theatre, London on the 13th June 1965 five months after Eliot’s death.
About T S Eliot
‘Thomas Stearns Eliot OM (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was a poet, essayist, publisher, playwright, literary critic and editor. Considered one of the 20th century’s major poets, he is a central figure in English-language Modernist poetry. His experimental writing style, verse structure and language reinvigorated English poetry. He also dismantled outdated beliefs and established fresh ones through a collection of critical essays.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a prominent Boston family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25 and went on to settle, work, and marry there. He became a British citizen in 1927 at the age of 39 and renounced his American citizenship.
Eliot first attracted widespread attention for his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” from 1914 to 1915, which, at the time of its publication, was considered outlandish. It was followed by The Waste Land (1922), “The Hollow Men” (1925), “Ash Wednesday” (1930), and Four Quartets (1943). He was also known for seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935) and The Cocktail Party (1949). He was awarded the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry”.’
Text sourced from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._S._Eliot
About Poetry at SMSA
Poetry at SMSA is a free discussion group for SMSA members who are poetry lovers. It is held on the second Tuesday of each month commencing at 6pm. Members’ of the group recite, listen to and discuss poems in an informal, friendly atmosphere and half of each meeting is dedicated to a theme. The only rule is that one can’t read one’s own poems. More information is available on the Poetry at SMSA Members’ Group page.
Image Credit: T S Eliot by Lady Ottoline Morrell © The estate of Lady Ottoline Morrell. Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.