T.S. Eliot Life and Work
Talk by Graham Fawcett
Tickets: £10/ £25 with buffet dinner afterwards
Phone 01308 459511 to book.
Lecturer, performer and educator Graham Fawcett, President of the T.S. Eliot Society will give a talk to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the twentieth century’s major poets. T.S. Eliot was an American who came to Britain in 1914 and later naturalised to become a British citizen. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature, edited Faber’s poetry list and wrote plays, literary criticism and some of the most famous poems in the English language.
‘There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.’
― T.S. Eliot from The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock
|“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot|
‘Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,
Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.’
― T.S. Eliot from Four Quartets
Thomas Stearns Eliot (26 September 1888 – 4 January 1965) was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and one of the twentieth century’s major poets. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri to an old Yankee family. However he emigrated to England in 1914 (at age 25) and was naturalised as a British subject in 1927 at age 39.
Eliot attracted widespread attention for his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), which is seen as a masterpiece of the Modernist movement. It was followed by some of the best-known poems in the English language, including The Waste Land (1922), The Hollow Men(1925), Ash Wednesday (1930) and Four Quartets (1945). He is also known for his seven plays, particularly Murder in the Cathedral (1935). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, “for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.”
The talk will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner served by Sladers Yard’s celebrated Licensed Café. The £15 buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian. Desserts and cheese can be ordered from the menu.
Next: D H Lawrence, poet – Thursday 19 March 2015
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