THE POETRY OF LONDON & THE WASTE LAND
Saturday 20th June at 5pm
Experience London as a poem. Yes, a city as a poem may sound strange... but reading the verses of T.S. Eliot's THE WASTE LAND during a 2-hour walk at the sunset touching iconic sites such as St. Mary Woolnoth, London Bridge and St. Magnus the Martyr will be an opportunity to look at London with a poetic insight as well as an attempt to unveil the mysteries of the city using the poem as a guide.
THE WASTE LAND, published in 1922, was inspirational for successive generations of singers and song-writers including Pink Floyd and Genesis who saw London as a glistening place of alienation and loneliness.
Eliot’s influences came from the Medieval legend of the Holy Grail, which tells a tale of salvation from both physical and spiritual decay, from Baudelaire and Wagner, Shakespeare and Dante, the Bible and the Upanishads, through a variety of Western and non-Western traditions to end with the death-and-rebirth mythology.
This is not a literary walk: thanks to the inspirational reading of the poem, our challenges are to examine whether it’s still relevant after nearly a century of life and reveil the poetic layers of London.
Main features: reading and reciting of THE WASTE LAND by T. S. Eliot during a walk touching iconic sites of the City, the East End, Bankside and Bermondsay.
Meeting point: 5pm by “The Monument” (London EC3R 8LJ).
Transport: District and Central underground lines stop at The Monument Station, just in front of the “The Monument”.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Distance: 1.3 miles (2 kilometres)
Total cost of the walk: £15 per adult
On-line pre-booking payment of £15 required for Public Liability Insurance and the guide’s fee.
To bring: comfortable shoes, drinking water and clothing adequate for the season.
The walk starts at 5pm sharp by “The Monument” and finishes at the pub “The Angel” 101 Bermondsey Wall E, London SE16 4NB, 10 minutes walk to Bermondsey underground station on the Jubilee Line.
Cancellations must be made at least 1 day (24 hours) before departure. A refund will not be given to no shows or late comers.
Children and pets must be supervised at all times.
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