A master class with poet and professor James Matthew Wilson (University of St. Thomas, Houston). Open to current graduate students, faculty, and advanced University of Chicago undergraduate students. Others interested in participating should contact us. Registrants will receive copies of the prepared reading.
Generally regarded as the greatest poem of the twentieth century, T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets is not only an important poem but a masterful modern contribution to the long Christian-Platonist tradition of the West. It is at once a work of art and a suggestive vision of Christian humanist metaphysics, ethics, and mystical theology, one to which perhaps only Dante's Divine Comedy may be compared. In this master class, we will study the form of the poem, make sense of its difficulties, and discover how the sequence as a whole answers that most fundamental of Christian questions: what is the meaning of the Incarnation?