Anthony Cuda, an assistant professor of English at UNCG, appeared on the nationally-broadcast NPR program, “The Diane Rehm Show,” on April 24 as part of a panel discussing poet T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.
By the late 1920s, Eliot was regarded as a great literary figure. His “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Waste Land” were widely read and admired, according to Rehm’s website. But Eliot’s marriage was in turmoil and he embarked on a spiritual journey that led to religious conversion.
As Europe moved toward war, Eliot wrote the first poem of what would later become “Four Quartets,” the website said. Inspired by Beethoven, every poem contained imagery of four seasons and four elements. Each was a complex meditation on time, redemption and eternity.
Cuda is co-editor of the forthcoming “The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot,” Vol. 2 (1919-1926) and author of “The Passions of Modernism: Eliot, Yeats, Woolf and Mann” (2010). Cuda’s interests include transatlantic modernism; 20th Century British, Irish and American poetry; and the history of poetry and poetics.
Cuda was joined by panelists David Gewanter, a poet and professor of English at Georgetown University; and Jewel Spears Brooker, professor emerita at Eckerd College.
The live show, broadcast at 11 a.m., is available online here.
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