April 19, 2011“April is the cruellest month” from The Wasteland, 1915
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Though born in St. Louis , Eliot’s family had New England roots reaching back to the Salem witch trials and deep into Harvard yard. He attended Milton Academy and spent summers on Cape Ann (see The Dry Salvages), later studying at Harvard, Oxford , and the Sorbonne. In later life he renounced both Unitarianism and his American citizenship in favor of Anglicanism and the United Kingdom . Eliot is often cited as the greatest modern poet, and The Wasteland as one of the most important poems, of the 20th century.
PS As far as I can discover, Eliot spelled "cruelest" with two L’s in the original.
Gregory R. Bover