‘The Waste Land’ by T. S. Eliot

‘The Waste Land’

by T. S. Eliot

“I. The Burial of the Dead

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade,
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten,
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
Bin gar keine Russin, stamm’ aus Litauen, echt deutsch.
And when we were children, staying at the arch-duke’s,
My cousin’s, he took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter…”

You can read the complete poem here.

Join us for ‘Read, watch, play’ today between 9am – 11am and 2pm – 4pm.

The theme is #epicread.

Have you just finished reading the last book in an epic series by your favourite author and don’t know what to read next?  Consult Who Else Writes Like? to find another #epicread by someone who writes in a similar style for this month’s Read, Watch, Play.

 #rwpchat #epicread – Read Watch Play

What is Read Watch Play?

Surrey Libraries has become a partner in the online Read Watch Play reading group. Every month join us and other library services from around the world as we explore a different theme through reading, watching or playing. Spend the month discovering different books and films connected to the theme of the month. Meet us on Twitter so we can chat about where our journey has taken us this month. Link your tweets with the hashtag #rwpchat and the hashtag of the month. You’ll find that the themes are very broad and can encompass almost anything. Have a look at the themes coming up for the rest of the year. Also take a look at Surrey Libraries Read Watch Play Pinterest board and the International Read Watch Play Pinterest boards to see some suggestions. You can check our own catalogue and DVD page for inspiration too.
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