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Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning "Land of many waters." The country is characterized by its vast rainforests dissected by numerous rivers, creeks, and waterfalls, notably Kaieteur Falls on the Potaro River, which at 741 feet is the world's highest single-drop waterfall. The country enjoys great diversity of both cultures and flora and fauna.
Perhaps more so than any other modernist, Eliot crafted poems that echo the beauty of classical poetry, yet at the same express the harrowing feelings of doubt and desolation in the aftermath of two world wars—feelings that would become part of the spiritual landscape in Eliot's time.
The alienation informing his early works would give way to more hopeful themes following Eliot's conversion to Christianity. In his later writings, Eliot explored the religious aspects of time and redemption, and came to see the Christian faith and European cultural tradition as necessary responses to the anomie he had explored in such groundbreaking works as The Waste Land and The Hollow Men. T.S. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1948.