‘You gave me hyacinths first a year ago’


The Waste Land: The Burial of the Dead page 7

‘They called me the hyacinth girl’ – page 7 of my graphic interpretation of ‘The Burial Of The Dead‘, the first quarter of ‘The Waste Land‘ by T.S. Elliot which is featured in issue 22.1 of the Gulf Coast Literary Journal. You can check out the whole thing by picking up a copy of the magazine, which also features cover artwork by me! Click the image for a bigger view!

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Ben Powis is a UK based illustrator currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland. When not creating art for his clients he self publishes his own illustrated story books which can be found around the world in boutique galleries and shops, or online.

2 thoughts on “‘You gave me hyacinths first a year ago’”

  1. I do hope that the Gulf Coast Literary Journal dealt with all the copyright implications of this adaptation before commissioning you: the Eliot estate gave Martin Rowson seven shades of trouble over his version a few years ago.

    1. Hi James,
      They did indeed, the use of the text in the magazine / my comic was approved, they seemed to very much appreciate how delicate this matter can be and how important it is to do everything through the proper channels.

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