With Chris Wiscarson and Prof Gregory Dowling
This time one hundred years ago, the world became modern: Einstein brought to us Relativity and E = mc2, Freud brought to us psychoanalysis and its seminal application in treating PTSD through the First World War, and Henry Ford brought to us the Model T and its production lines. Science and industry seemed at the very forefront of modern consciousness. But this was only one side of the story. Through the 19th century, poetry and art had been breaking new ground with Walt Whitman redefining poetry as the impressionists were redefining painting. They opened the doors for the revolution that was to come in the early years of the 20th Century through, most famously, T S Eliot’s The Waste Land and Picasso’s Cubism. We will look at some of the most extraordinary poems and paintings of the period which set the standard for everything that came after.