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Michael North is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Dialect of Modernism: Race, Language, and Twentieth-Century Literature, The Final Sculpture: Public Monuments and Modern Poets, Reading 1922: A Return to the Scene of the Modern, The Political Aesthetic of Yeats, Eliot, and Pound, and Henry Green and the Writing of His Generation, as well as many articles on various aspects of twentieth-century literature.
Williams was right. Eliot has taken poetry twenty years into the past with this poem. While others are experimenting with their poetics, Eliot falls back on an Old World school of... Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by Megan A. Burns
The Wastleland epitomizes the elitist and reactionary undertones prevalent in much of early modernism--by which I am referring to that vague (retrospectively designated) "school"... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003
Let's be honest here. You have spent most of your life reading Grisham and Crichton and to think that you will be able to penetrate a single line of this, the most wonderfully... Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by J. Basil
One of T.S. Eliot's bestknown poems. What I am feeling is more an impression than a meaning. The world is old, like coming to its end, decaying. The poet sees and only sees. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU