iPad app news: TS Eliot's The Waste Land hits the iPad

Celebrated poem arrives on iPad, read by Aragorn and Obi-Wan

Influential and confuddling peom gets a new life on the iPad.

TS Eliot's The Waste Land, one of the most celebrated pieces of poetry ever written, has arrived on the App Store, complete with audio readings from a host of famous faces.

Despite its importance, The Waste Land, first published in 1922, has often been considered difficult to make sense of due to the sheer amount of obscure references, metaphors and difference voices speaking throughout the text.

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The new iPad app from Touch Press, priced at £7.99, hopes to bring a greater understanding of the poem, by presenting it with a filmed live performance of the entire poem, along with Eliot's annotations of the literature.

Perhaps the coolest aspect of this app is the read-along audio tracks from the likes of the late Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars and Viggo Mortensen (Argaorn from Lord of the Rings) as well as a reading from Eliot himself.

There's also 35 video perspectives of The Waste Land, from experts, filmed in collaboration with the BBC.

If reading The Waste Land has been on your bucket list for the last twenty years, but you've been too scared to dive in head first, the iPad app is the perfect companion. Let us know when you make sense of it.

Link: iTunes (via The Guardian)