Thursday, June 18, 2015

Chanting The Waste Land: June 18, 2015

Tom and Ginny-- Digital composition later rendered as solarplate

Eliot dined last Sunday [June 18] and read his poem.  He sang it & chanted it rhythmed it.  It has great beauty & force of phrase: symmetry; & tensity.  What connects it together, I'm not sure.  But he read till he had to rush -- letters to write about the London Magazine -- & discussion was curtailed.  One was left, however, with some strong emotion,  The Waste Land, it is called; & Mary Hutch, who has heard it more quietly, interprets it to be Tom's autobiography -- a melancholy one.

June 23, 1919
(D2 178)

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