T.S. Eliot & Comic Book Poetry

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Copyright Julian Peters

Copyright Julian Peters

Copyright Julian Peters

Copyright Julian Peters

I will be forever grateful to my high school English teacher for dedicating an entire portion of his curriculum to the study of T.S. Eliot's poetry. It may be unoriginal to say that my favourite Eliot poems are "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Wasteland," but I can't help being moved by them each time I revisit Eliot's work. Each time I reread these poems in particular, I discover something new, and the meaning I associate with each poem evolves as well. 

A year or two ago, I discovered that "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was in the process of being adapted into a series of comics. The comic book artist and illustrator behind this project is the enormously talented Julian Peters. His work (featured above) focuses on some of my favourite verses from Eliot's poem. I love how Peters has brought the poem to life; it's as if the images I pictured when I first read the poem have walked out of my mind and committed themselves to paper. The brilliance of these comics also lies in the fact that they can appeal to a wide variety of people. I appreciate Peters' work because I'm familiar with Eliot, but I can also see how these comics would resonate with those reading Eliot for the first time. All in all, I'm eagerly awaiting the day when Peters completes his illustrations of the poem and publishes them so I can purchase my very own copy of the illustrated poem. 

P.S. You can find more of Julian Peters' work here.