Yesterday I attended a “close read” of T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land where we tried to figure out all the references and strange allusions. It was a lot of fun despite the subject matter and now I think all feel like we at least have a handle on what it might mean.
It’s a 433 line poem divided into five sections: 1. The Burial of the Dead, 2. A Game of Chess, 3. The Fire Sermon, 4. Death by Water, 5. What the Thunder Said. So, this week choose one of the section titles and write your own poem using the section title as your poem’s title. You don’t have to have read Eliot’s work, much less understand it. Just use one of those titles as your inspiration then post your poem below.