Eliot uses a lot of difficult vocabulary words in many of his poems; create a game in which students are scored upon their ability to define and properly use some of these words, drawn from a word bank.
Read and examine a general biography on T.S. Eliot, discussing how the events of his life influenced and corroborate interpretations of his poems.
Historical Reading: WWI
Read a brief history of the devastation caused by World War I, particularly in Eastern Europe, and discuss how this is reflected in T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land".
Clips of Eliot reading some of his own poetry are available online. Listen to some of these and discuss if there is a different interpretation of the poems might be offered by the particular way in which Eliot reads.
The Bloomsbury Group
Early in his poetic career, Eliot...
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