After reading through a couple of Eliot’s poems several times, I realized that there’s a lot I need to learn about symbolism   There are so many references that Eilot points to, but I don’t pick up on them right away, and I’m sure there are some I’m not even noticing.  Luckily we live in the twenty-first century and all the information I need is easily accessible, but I’m sure there are some essential readings that can prepare me for Eliot’s works.  Asides from the bible, can anyone recommend texts that can prepare one for Eliot’s works?

By the way, here’s Eliot reading his “Journey of the Magi.”