The Nobel Prize Foundation describes writer and prize-winner T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) as “one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry…he followed his belief that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization…”
Here Fiona Shaw performs the first section of the 434 line poem “The Waste Land,” which is believed to have influenced Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” (Stephen Burt).
To hear the complete poem read by the author, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkQ3kxQURcI
“The Paradox of Howl” by Stephen Burt http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2006/04/the_paradox_of_howl.html