Tuesday, 16 November 2010

T.S.Eliot reads The Waste Land

6 comments:

SugaryCynic said...

My professor played this for the class when we read The Waste Land. SO AWESOME.

Simon M Hunter said...

Yes, I like it too, although opinion is sharply divided as to its merits (the reading, not the poem).

MeltonMowbray said...

I don't like it much. Sounds like someone reading out a bus timetable while sitting on something sharp.

Simon M Hunter said...

Ha, but what about the historical value of having the poet read his work for the ages? Wonderful or stultifying?

MeltonMowbray said...

I wouldn't argue about the historical value: you can't have too many sources. I can't see any sane person modelling their reading of the poem on Eliot's.

Simon M Hunter said...

It would be interesting to have a recording of his reading the poem in 1922, when he had just finished it. I suspect that the reading would have been a good deal less measured.