The Waste Land
by T.S. Eliot
The Waste Land Quotes
Find quotes from this poem, with commentary from Shmoop. Pick a theme below to begin.
What are the roots that clutch, what branches growOut of this stony rubbish? Son of man,You cannot say, or guess, for you know onlyA heap of broken images […] (19-22)
Memory and the Past Quotes
April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory and desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain. (1-4)
—Yet when we came back, late, from the Hyacinth garden,Yours arms full, and your hair wet, I could notSpeak, and my eyes failed, I was neitherLiving nor dead, and I knew nothingLooking into the h...
Here is Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks,The lady of situations. (49-50)
The change of Philomel, by the barbarous kingSo rudely forced […] (99)