American Poetry Month

The Waste Land

By T. S. Eliot


April is the cruelest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing

Memory and desire, stirring

Dull roots with spring rain.

Winter kept us warm, covering

Earth a forgetful snow, feeding

A little life with dried tubers.

T.S. Eliot was one of the most important poets of the Twentieth Century. He was also an essayist, playwright, and both a literary and social critic. Born in the U.S., he immigrated to England in 1914 when he was 25.  In 1948 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 

After he converted to Christianity (Anglicanism) in 1927, noted literary figure Virginia Woolf, who was a fellow Modernist and patron of Eliot’s, predicted that he would “drop his Christianity along with his wife, as one might empty the fish bones after the herring.”

She was right about his deranged wife, but not about his Christianity.  His faith played an important role in his life and in his thinking.