The Waste Land
by T.S. Eliot
The Waste Land Resources
Reading "The Waste Land," you might wish that you could click on links to follow the words and references you don't understand. Well here it is, in all its glory.
This thing gives "thorough" a whole new meaning.
Click here for a brief bio and a couple samples of his poems, including "The Waste Land."
Check out a more in-depth biography of your new favorite poet, along with some more poems.
Follow this link to a website run by folks who really, really like T.S. Eliot. Like, a lot.
We're not so sure how T.S. would've felt about this, but they've got "The Waste Land" for iPad.
In 2012, a large group of people walked around London and did a public reading of "The Waste Land" so they could check out the London landmarks Eliot mentions in the poem. So does that make them the "crowd flowing over London bridge?"
This video explores an aspect of Eliot's work that many critics find uncomfortable: the apparently harsh view of Jewish people contained in it.
Here's a really solid T.S. Eliot documentary made by BBC. You should be able to find all the parts to it if you search YouTube or click through the related videos.
Prepare to be totally creeped out by his totally creepy voice.
Here's another classic in Eliot's ghostly old-man voice.
Here's a color photo of Eliot as an older gent in a fine blue suit.
The younger version…
What's "The Waste Land" without a picture of the wacko who cut most of it out? Check out this guy.
Articles and Interviews
Here's a great interview that Eliot did with poet Donald Hall in 1959.
In this version, you get to see the original version of the poem and all of those editing pen marks that Ezra Pound made all over the manuscript. This is where it's at if you really, really want to know this poem.
Here's another great book for helping you interpret "The Waste Land" in a super in-depth way.
Movies and TV
It's pretty out there; but hey, so was Eliot.
Willem Dafoe plays Eliot in this movie version of the play depicting T.S.'s marriage to Vivienne Haigh-Wood.