Books The Waste Land and Other Poems by John Beer Paperback, 113 pages, Small Pr Distribution, List Price: $14 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Waste Land and Other PoemsAuthorJohn Beer Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Genres: Poetry Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Waste Land and Other Poems T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965), winner of the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Hulton Archive/Getty Images 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Physics And Poetry: Can You Handle The Truth? July 9, 2013 What does it mean for a poem to be hard? Is it the same thing as when science is hard? Should we expect to need a class to help us understand poetry, just as we expect to need one for understanding electromagnetism? Where, exactly, do we expect to find our truths and how hard should we expect to fight for them?