T.S. Eliot

Poet and Essayist

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through Fr. Longenecker

Father Dwight Longenecker explains how T.S. Eliot’s life affected his art and poetry. For three weeks, he discussed Eliot’s life and poetry in three main segments:

  1. Eliot’s Inferno: “The Waste Land” and Early Poems
  2. Eliot’s Purgatorio: “Ash Wednesday” and “The Journey of the Magi”
  3. Eliot’s Paradiso: Four Quartets
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T.S. Eliot Short Course: $35

Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins. of content

Eliot’s Inferno: The Waste Land and Early Poems

Father Dwight Longenecker teaches about Thomas Stearn (T.S.) Eliot for Rosary College’s short course titled ‘Four Great Christian Writers of the 20th Century: Eliot, Waugh, Lewis, & Tolkien.’

Fr. Dwight starts the lecture with Eliot’s Inferno: “The Waste Land” and Early Poems.

TS Eliot's Inferno

Eliot’s Purgatorio: Ash Wednesday and The Journey of the Magi

This talk delves into C.S. Lewis’s fantastical works, contrasting his traditionalist methodology with those of T.S. Poetry by Eliot, a modernist. The two authors eventually became friends and collaborated despite their early disagreements. Lewis’s early poetic setbacks drove him to experiment with new forms, and a great deal of his writing was influenced by Platonism. In addition, the talk explores Lewis’s critique of progressivism in “Out of the Silent Planet” and how its sequel, “Voyage to Venus,” draws thematically from biblical stories.

TS Eliot's Purgatorio

Eliot’s Paradiso: Four Quartets

Fr. Longenecker discusses about C.S. Lewis in the years following World War II, Lewis lived with Mrs. Moore and her daughter until Mrs. Moore passed away, fulfilling a promise he had made to a friend who had died. After that, he met Joy Davidman, and after some initial difficulties, they were married. Joy battled cancer until her death in 1960, which had a profound impact on Lewis. Concurrently, conversations arose over the complex storyline and Christian allegory of “The Chronicles of Narnia,” delving into topics of salvation and the method by which Lewis created his images. The talk also explored the connection between the Narnia series and the hierarchical organization of angels, providing an analysis of Lewis’s thematic objectives and arguing for a more thorough examination of his writings in addition to endorsing a newly established Catholic institution in Greenville.

TS Eliot's Paradiso

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Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

As we commemorate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we are offering a 15% discount valid throughout the month of June 2024, on our three short courses: T.S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh and C.S. Lewis.

Use the promo code: FOSH15

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