Hurry Up Please Its Time

T S Eliot described his poem `The Waste Land' as `just a piece of rhythmical grumbling', but it has become one of the most discussed and imitated works of the century. Valentine Cunningham investigates its wide-ranging influence with the help of writers Blake Morrison, Peter Porter, Iain Sinclair, Malcolm Bradbury and Emanuel Litvinoff, actress Fiona Shaw and composer George Benjamin.