Remember this scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s classic 1979 film, Apocalypse Now. It’s Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) reading “The Hollow Men”, a classic poem by the British poet, essayist, and playwright T.S. Eliot. This poem was published in 1925. There are multiple literary allusions in the poem. The movie Apocalypse Now was based on Joseph Conrad’s legendary novel, Heart of Darkness.
Why post a video of Colonel Kurtz reading a T.S. Eliot poem today? This is the day (Jan 4) that T.S. Eliot died in 1965. So this is a memorial post to a great legend. T.S. Eliot was an amazing poet, who has had a profound impact on literature and culture. If more people read T.S. Eliot, the world would be a better place.
My personal favorite poem, “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock.”
But, here is “The Hollow Men”