Winter Warmer Poetry Reading Masterclass on Reading T.S Eliot




Sunday 13 January 2019 from 11.30am to 1:30

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question …
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

*Taken from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock By TS Eliot

An in depth masterclass discussing the works of TS Eliot. We will look at and discuss his writing techniques and his life and influences. This masterclass will not involve writing. We will look at a sample of his work which is representative of his style rather than the whole body of his work. We will also discuss a handful of writers who influenced his work such as Ezra Pound. This is the perfect masterclass to learn how to read poetry and can be taken by writers and non writers alike. In particular we will look at how gender is represented in his writing and how important or not it is we understand everything in a poem.

Topics Covered

*TS Eliot’s style
*TS Eliot’s influences
*TS Eliot’s life
*How to read a poem closely and be an intelligent reader

On the day, we will:

*Discuss and debate what poetry is
*Closely analyse Eliot’s poetry
*Learn how the best writers write