The Waste Land and Other Poems

The Waste Land and Other Poems The Waste Land is a revolutionary highly influential line modernist poem by T S Eliot Despite the alleged obscurity of the poem its shifts between satire prophecy its abrupt unannounced changes

  • Title: The Waste Land and Other Poems
  • Author: T.S. Eliot
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Waste Land is a revolutionary, highly influential 434 line modernist poem by T.S Eliot Despite the alleged obscurity of the poem its shifts between satire prophecy, its abrupt unannounced changes of speaker, location time, its elegiac but intimidating summoning up of a vast dissonant range of cultures literatures the poem has nonetheless becomThe Waste Land is a revolutionary, highly influential 434 line modernist poem by T.S Eliot Despite the alleged obscurity of the poem its shifts between satire prophecy, its abrupt unannounced changes of speaker, location time, its elegiac but intimidating summoning up of a vast dissonant range of cultures literatures the poem has nonetheless become a familiar touchstone of modern literature Among its famous phrases are its 1st line April is the cruellest month I will show you fear in a handful of dust its Sanskrit last line Shantih shantih shantih Eliot originally considered titling the poem He do the Police in Different Voices In the version he brought back from Switzerland, the 1st two sections of the poem The Burial of the Dead A Game of Chess appeared under this title This strange phrase is taken from Dickens Our Mutual Friend, in which the widow Higden, says of her adopted foundling son Sloppy You mightn t think it, but Sloppy is a beautiful reader of a newspaper He do the Police in different voices This would help the reader to understand that, while there are many different voices speakers in the poem, there s one central consciousness In the end, the title chosen was The Waste Land In his 1st note to the poem he attributes the title to Jessie L Weston s book on the Grail legend, From Ritual to Romance The allusion is to the wounding of the Fisher King the subsequent sterility of his lands To restore the King make his lands fertile again the Grail questor must ask What ails you The poem s title is often mistakenly given as Waste Land or Wasteland , dropping the article In a letter to Ezra Pound, Eliot insisted that the title include the article.

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    • Trevor says:

      Eliot is such a pompous old fart, how could anyone not love him? When I was still in high school if you wanted to be in the group of people who had any pretensions as ‘intellectuals’ or whatever else it was we had pretensions of – Eliot was de rigueur. I know large slabs of this poem by heart and when I worked as a house painter would quote it at length at the top of my voice when I ran out of Irish songs to sing while I rolled the walls – which probably misses the point of the poem, but [...]

    • Jonathan Terrington says:

      My ode to T.S. EliotT. S. Eliot, You walked among the starsIn your words, light trails blazing.Master of the modern,Ruler of the poetic.There is, and was, no poet to compare.Your mythology and legend stand immense.Behold the waste land of the world,Behold the glorious prose of a world shaker.Though some have called thee,Mighty and dreadfulplagiarist,Such slander upholds your greatness,The potency of your reinvention.There is a power to you - in rewriting the eloquentSo behold T.S. Eliot.A master [...]

    • Riku Sayuj says:

      The Unreal Wastelands & Labyrinths - What Memory Keeps and Throws Away; An Exercise in Recollection: in flashes and distortions. ____________________________You! Hypocrite lecteur! – mon semblable, - mon frère! ____________________________Chimes follow the Fire Sermon:A rat crept softly through the vegetation;departed. A cold blast at the back, So rudely forc'd, like Philomela.It was Tiresias', it was he who doomed all men,throbbing between two lives, knowing which?Et O ces voix d'enfants [...]

    • Seemita says:

      Thomas Stearns Eliot. A lot is hidden between those three words. A whole world perhaps. A depth measured by many oceans, a mystery viewed from bewitching lenses, a song marrying numerous notes, a candle thriving on inexhaustible wax.During his writing season, that spanned over three decades, T S Eliot penned many evocative and luscious poems, with his pen always leaving a signature cryptic mark over his dotted sheets. Often a source of delusion to an enthusiastic poetic heart, his labyrinthine l [...]

    • Joseph says:

      In the upcoming book The World Broke in Two by Bill Goldstein, Virginia Woolf is pleased by hearing "The Wasteland" read by Eliot. Several times she mentions that she has not read the poem but only listened to it. I did the same with the Audible edition. There is something to gain in listening.

    • Jason Koivu says:

      Hey, three stars from me for poetry is good! Why? Because I don't like the stuff. Yep, I'm a savage heathen. I LOVED the stuff as a teen. I wrote notebooks filled with poetry (or at least something like poetry) back then. Somewhere along the line I lost my taste for it and now I can barely stand it.Enter T.S. Eliot and his highly vaunted "The Waste Land". In some distant past, when I was in college or maybe it was even high school, I was told by teachers just how good this poem was. I don't reme [...]

    • Lou says:

      Probably my favourite poet. Poetry at its most incredible.

    • Agir(آگِر) says:

      اگر به خاطر نقطه ساکن نبود رقصی وجود نداشت

    • Oriana says:

      This is one of my favorite books of all time and to prove it, I named my dog Prufrock. I wanted to put a picture of him here for you SO BAD that after stoically refusing for a million years, I finally opened a Flickr account so I upload my pix on GR. So here is a shot of the time the cutest dog ever did the cutest thing ever and I actually died.

    • David says:

      I think "The Waste Land" and the other poems in this collection ("Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "Gerontion," "Portrait of a Lady" and "Four Quartets") are brilliant. That said, I have to sort of hold T.S. Eliot responsible for everything I hate about modern poetry. Obviously T. Stearns isn't wholly to blame, and I think he has a genius of his own, but I think that his influence on many of his poetic successors has mostly led to a disgusting pretension in poetry, which superficially veils [...]

    • Valerie says:

      I once won 50$ for reciting The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is a coffee shop. Making this the only one of my books to pay for itself in a material way.

    • Bruce says:

      Although I have read “The Waste Land” a number of times, it has been a long time since I read it last, and I have never studied it very thoroughly, having become entranced with “Four Quartets” and devoted most of my time and attention to that magnificent poem. Reading TWL again now, I am once again impressed, however, with its imagery and wealth of allusions. Some of these allusions are ones I recognize, although many I do not. Nonetheless, I am impressed with its modernist mood of enerv [...]

    • João Fernandes says:

      "We have lingered in the chambers of the seaBy sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brownTill human voices wake us, and we drown." I may have just found my favourite American poet, even if some of his poems are incredibly religious in nature. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is absolutely wonderful and has some of the most fluid rhyming I've ever read.

    • Alice Lippart says:

      Very good, but not my favorite.

    • Janet says:

      April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land________________Retracing myself through the labyrinth of the Waste Land. Making an effort this time to read other sources, think about the project of making a mosaic out of a broken world.___________________Thank God for the Internet--really inspiring to read these dense works and then have access to such a myriad of supplemental sources. I've read this before and always got the gist and the music, but it's really spectacular to b [...]

    • Jonfaith says:

      I have measured out my life with coffee spoonsI first heard of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock while listening to a podcast of Entitled Opinions (thanks Tom) last winter. That podcast concerned Dante, however I found Eliot's images both vivid and modern. I then mentally shelved such for a future read. This present week appeared apt. While sorting through Marx and, then, Derrida on Marx and Shakespeare I found the prevailing winds favorable. Diving into such, I didn't care for the titular poem [...]

    • ♛Tash says:

      Never fails to give me goosebumps.

    • Becky says:

      3.5 starsI have wanted to read The Waste Land since seeing various quotes taken from it strewn throughout Stephen King's works. My favorites are "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." and "This is how the world ends / Not with a bang, but with a whimper."Those quotes have always given me a little thrill when I see them mentioned in other books and novels, and they seemed to indicate to me that Eliot would be right up my alley, because it seemed that his work is dark, and a little twisted. [...]

    • Roy Lotz says:

      I’ll admit it. I don’t understand "The Waste Land". I read it a few times, I listened to it on audiobook, I even looked up analysis on the internet. All to no avail, I don’t get it. Now don’t get me wrong, I would love to say that I totally understand Eliot, that people just take the wrong approach, that most readers lack the wide reading necessary to catch his esoteric references. I would bring it up at parties, perhaps with a quote or two to demonstrate my deep learning and penetrating [...]

    • Oscar Calva says:

      If you, like me, are no scholar on obscure cultural and literary references, foreign languages, deep symbolism and ideas broken in pieces all over the place, you might not find this exquisite poem collection very compelling. And if you, like me, are lazy enough not to go back and forth to the editor footnotes or to have an analysis side text, or if you think Eliot isn't lyrical enough to be fully enjoyed, just go to youtube and search for a reading on "The Waste Land" from Sir Alec Guiness to re [...]

    • Christine says:

      'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' is one of those pieces of art that sustains me. I literally don't know who I would be without it. I have been reading and rereading that poem since I was about 17, and each time I read it, I come to understand it a little bit differently. It is of course, about death and aging, but also about place ('The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes/ The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes/ Licked its tongue into the corners of the ev [...]

    • Aiden Heavilin says:

      In my opinion, T.S. Eliot demonstrates why the written word as an art form will never go out of style. His exploration of human consciousness, his celebration of language, his endless allusions no other art form would serve his purpose other than poetry. Distilled in these poems is everything that makes writing great; intellectual and emotional potency, beauty in both each line and the structure itself.And no, I don't understand "The Waste Land" but my goodness if it doesn't fire up my imaginati [...]

    • Petergiaquinta says:

      Of course this is a five-star volume of some of the finest poetry ever written in the English languageokay? Please don't hurt me.Over the past several days I have been re-reading (or slogging though) Prufrock, Gerontion, the Waste Land and the other poems in this collection. And why exactly would I do that? Why would anyone do that without a professor and a syllabus involved in the undertaking? Just think of it as a sort of self-conducted experiment involving brain research, or consider it a sel [...]

    • Xueting says:

      Maybe I'm too dull in the mind, especially when it comes to poetry, but I couldn't get most of Eliot's poems enough to feel anything! I like some of his earlier poems though, those in 'Prufrock and Other Observations', especially the famous Prufrock, 'Portrait of a Lady', and 'Preludes'. The images of the streets (even full of the fog), nighttime (or just time) and post-war society are vibrant even in their pretty dark and serious themes. The rhythm in his poems speak conversationally although t [...]

    • Christopher says:

      Having read this more times than I remember, it is time to write a quick review. I started using this in the classes that I teach when, somehow or other, I noticed or heard or read about how this work is connected to The Great Gatsby (another work I "teach"). While, biographically, there may be some less than savory things to say about T.S. Eliot, and perhaps even his approach to literary criticism, neither shows up in this work. You should read it if you haven't and read it again if you only re [...]

    • Alexis Hall says:

      Lovesong, The Wasteland & Four Quartets I come back to.Usually rather irritatedly because Eliot is annoying and pompous and self-conscious obscurantist. Also he's the High Priest of Modernism and I feel that should be Mina Loy. Just sayin'.But, Goddammit, there's something here.These heaps of broken images.Stuck in my mind.Gah. I hate being this cliche.

    • johanna says:

      2.5not sure how to read poetry

    • Ellie says:

      I have read T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land many times over the years. I've been reading it again over the holidays. Today, I read the annotated version, carefully reviewing the notes & notes on the notes (thanks to google) as well as listening to recordings on YouTube-including a wonderful version with female and male voices (Eliot himself along with Ted Hughes). After all that, I took a break (read something different). Then, I sat back and forgot everything I knew, put aside everything I thou [...]

    • David says:

      This is probably one of the more difficult reviews for me. On one hand there is no doubt that Eliot is an absolute master, but on the other I found his poetry frustratingly inaccessible and not enjoyable to read. His immense influence on modernism is clearly evident, but his use of mythology and literary references made reading his poems feel at times as if each line was disconnected from the rest. I consider myself fairly well read in classical literature, mythology etc. but I felt as if I need [...]

    • Krissa says:

      Although I wouldn't usually recommend spending three months of your life focused on one poem, the three months of my college education where I did so with the Wasteland weren't for naught. I still love opening up this poem and choosing a passage and remembering how it felt to untangle one line from another, flipping back and forth between sections to see where those lines tied to others, and just marveling at the sheer manic genius of Eliot.I mean, you could also go on vacation to France for thr [...]

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