5:45 – 7:45 pm
The Waste Land overwhelms the reader with the world of the modern age—sterile, fragmented, and bored. Four Quartets, published two decades later, sees this as the result of choices that could have been, and yet could be, made differently. Drawing on the wisdom of Christian mysticism, Indic tradition, and Buddhist scripture it points the way to a better spiritual struggle. This seminar will take these texts together as a dialogue across twenty of the most important years of Eliot’s life and poetry.
Robert Sprott holds an M.A. in theology and a Ph.D. in linguistics. A Catholic priest and a Franciscan, he is the associate pastor at St. Victor Church in Calumet City.
Eliot, T. S. The Waste Land. Edited by Michael North. A Norton Critical Edition. W. W. Norton, 2001. ISBN: 0393974995
Eliot, T. S. Four Quartets. A Harvest Book. Harcourt Inc., 1971. ISBN: 0156332256
T. S. Eliot: The Waste Land & Four Quartets. Audiobook. Read by Paul Scofield. BBC Radio Collection. 2006. Available on iTunes for $9.95.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Ten sessions, $220.