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The Waste Land Analysis
What's Up With the Epigraph?
"Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidiin ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Σιβυλλατι θελεις; respondebat illa: αποθανειν θελω."For Ezra Poundil...
Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay
Form and Meter
Dramatic Monologue, Refrains, Mixed MetersWe've got a speaker reflecting on memories and current experiences in a personal, often philosophical way, which means that for much of "The Waste Land," w...
What we've got here, is a failure to communicate.Yep, the speakers are one of the major things that make this poem so difficult to read, since they're constantly shifting without any sort of signal...
It might not seem like it at first, but the title of this poem is dead-on. This poem is set in "The Waste Land." But even a quick glance at the poem can tell us that this isn't literally true. The...
All in all, this poem sounds like what it is: a sophisticated meditation on modern society written by a very, very educated man. If you read the beginning aloud, you can tell right away that nothin...
What's Up With the Title?
Well, the first thing you'll want to remember about the title is that it's "The Waste Land," and not "The Wasteland." A silly distinction, maybe, but it's not an exaggeration to say that more than...
Allusions AboundYou'll probably never find a poem more packed with references to art, culture, and history than this one. The thing is practically made up of lines from other literary works (see th...
(10) Mount EverestThere's just no getting around it; Eliot's "The Waste Land" is probably one of the toughest (if not the toughest) piece of literature you'll ever encounter (unless you try Finnega...
Getting tired of all those red pen marks your teacher makes on your essays? Well T.S. Eliot, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century, got nearly half of his masterpiece slashed away by his fr...
PGSure, there's a seduction scene in this poem (i.e., the typist and young man carbuncular), but no one's more offended by sex than good ol' prudish Eliot. He really seems freaked out by the whole...
Literary and Philosophical ReferencesThe Bible: Ezekiel, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Psalms (20, 23, 25, 182, 354, 426)Throughout the text, Eliot alludes to the books of Ezekiel (20), Ecclesiastes (23, 3...
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