T.S. Eliot (cont.) | Lecture 12 | Modern Poetry | Open Yale Courses

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Part 3 of 3. Lecture delivered on T.S. Eliot as part of the course ‘Modern Poetry’. In this lecture, Professor Langdon Hammer considers the psycho-sexual aspects of T.S. Eliot’s, The Waste Land. The landscape of the poem is described and its key figures introduced. Particular emphasis is placed on couples and scenes of dialogue with aspects of romantic or sexual distress. At the lecture’s conclusion, a broad summation of the individual units of the poem is presented, and the editing process, in particular Ezra Pound’s contributions, is reflected upon.

Lecture chapters consist of:

  1. T. S. Eliot Poem: “The Waste Land” [00:00:00]
  2. “The Waste Land”: The Burial of the Dead [00:01:19]
  3. “The Waste Land”: A Game of Chess [00:20:47]
  4. “The Waste Land”: The Fire Sermon [00:30:45]
  5. “The Waste Land”: What the Thunder Said [00:43:07]

Also available as audio and as a transcript. Lecture handouts are available for the a activities.

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens' experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.
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