Arts > Rich pickings from T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land'

08 March 2018 | by Laura Gascoigne

Rich pickings from T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land'


On the front at Margate, just opposite the station, stands a typical Victorian promenade shelter. But the Grade II-listed Nayland Rock Shelter is not just any old shelter, for it was here, in the unseasonably mild November of 1921, that T.S. Eliot wrote Part III of The Waste Land.

This snippet of poetic trivia is the inspiration for Turner Contemporary’s exhibition “Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’” (until 7 May), a composite portrait of Eliot’s seminal interwar poem assembled from associated works of art. Given The Waste Land’s wealth of associations, the artistic possibilities are seemingly endless, but a single curator’s viewpoint might have limited them. The stroke of genius on the part of Turner Contemporary has been to make the exhibition a team effort.


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