T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land by Harold Bloom Summary
A cornerstone of the modernist movement, T.S. Eliot s The Waste Land reflects the profound sense of disillusionment that emerged in the wake of World War I. Because of its changes of speaker, location, and time, as well as its numerous literary and cultural references and connections to Eliot's private life, it is often used in the classroom to illustrate how to explicate a poem. Bloom s Modern Critical Interpretations allows students to approach this challenging poem with confidence. Providing carefully selected, full-length critical essays from the foremost literary publications, along with additional study helps, this freshly updated, all-in-one resource is an ideal companion for those undertaking in-depth research projects.
The Design of The Waste Land by Burton Blistein Summary
The Design of The Waste Land offers a detailed, comprehensive explanation of T.S. Eliot's enigmatic poem. It relates The Waste Land to earlier and later poems by Eliot, demonstrating that the major poems describe a continuous spiritual odyssey or quest undertaken by the same individual, initiated by the moment of ecstasy in the Hyacinth garden. Blistein's analysis of Eliot's sources reveals that the protagonist's glimpse of "the heart of light" is equivalent to drinking from the Grail, or communing with God. The incarnate deity momentarily transforms the Hyacinth garden into the likeness of the Edenic paradise. With the inevitable passing of the moment of communion, the protagonist in effect is expelled from the paradisiacal garden as mankind was from Eden. By contrast, the familiar world appears to him a wasteland. The protagonist seeks to drink again from the divine Source and return again to the garden as it was when transfigured by the divine presence. His is a quest for Grail and Homeland.
T. S. Elliot's The Waste Land by Gareth Reeves Summary
This work argues that although "The Waste Land" demands close reading, the spirit of the old New Criticism works with inappropriate assumptions about unity and closed form. Many critics have tried to fix the text, to find hidden narratives and plots, spiritual guests and allegories of salvation. Instead, this reading sees the poem as resolutely open-ended, supporting this view with recent developments in Reader-Response criticism and Reception Theory. The study focuses on the way poetry sounds (or does not sound, cannot be sounded). It concentrates on syntax, lineation and intonation. It also brings out the presence of the muted voices of wronged women in a work often called misogynistic.
T. S. Eliot: the Making of The Waste Land by Muriel Clara Bradbrook Summary
The rag doll and the broom handle marry and have a grand wedding procession. Who was in it? Well, there were the slickery Spoon-Lickers, the Tin Pan Bangers, the slippery Chocolate Chins, the Dirty Bibs, the Clean Ears, the Easy Ticklers, the chuzzling Musical Soup Eaters, the Chubby Chubbs, and the Sleepyheads.
Revisiting "The Waste Land" by Lawrence Rainey Summary
divThis groundbreaking book of literary detective work alters our understanding of T. S. Eliot’s poetic masterpiece, The Waste Land. Lawrence Rainey not only resolves longstanding mysteries surrounding the composition of the poem but also overturns traditional interpretations of the poem that have prevailed for more than eighty years. He shines new light on Eliot’s greatest achievement and on the poem’s place in the modern canon. Far from the austere and sober monument to neoclassicism that admirers have praised, The Waste Land turns out to be something quite different: something grim and wild, unruly and intractable, violent and shocking and radically indeterminate, yet also deeply compassionate. Rainey looks at how Eliot went about writing the poem and at the sequence in which he composed the parts. Arriving at new insights into the poet’s intentions, Rainey unsettles tradition-bound views of the poem and shows us that The Waste Land is even stranger and more startling than we knew./DIV
The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot Summary
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The Waste Land and Other Poems by T. S. Eliot Summary
April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain . . . Published in 1922, The Waste Land was the most revolutionary poem of its time, offering a devastating vision of modern civilisation which has lost none of its power as we enter a new century.
Tireseas and Other Seers in T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" by Patrick Trapp Summary
Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject English - History of Literature, Eras, grade: 1,7, RWTH Aachen University, language: English, abstract: Modernist writers like Ezra Pound or James Joyce often wrote in fragmented style, used allusions instead of metaphors and broke with traditional verse and turned away from classical poetry. In many cases they did not use classical metaphors but rather wrote in allusions, which refer to something in a more indirect way than traditional images do. With their literature and style they tried to criticize modern society. Among these authors, T.S. Eliot is one of the most important modernist writers. "The Waste Land has come to be regarded as one of the chief exemplars of modernism in English literature." (Reeves 1994: 3) According to this Eliot's poem can be seen as a typical example of modern poetry. In his long poem The Waste Land the author refers to a number of mythological images and stories. These are presented in fragments but make sense and seem to be well structured when one analyzes them deeper after several close readings and analyses. One of the most important personages in his poem is the blind seer Tireseas. In his Notes to The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot points out that " w]hat Tireseas sees, in fact, is the substance of the poem" (1971: p. 148). This substance of the poem, which was first published in 1922, is to be analyzed in this term paper. Tireseas, a blind seer, who appears in ancient Greek literature in the Theban Plays by Sophocles and in Roman literature in the Metamorphosis by Ovid, is used as a reflex of the author's voice foreseeing human failures without being able to change them. In Greek mythology, especially in Sophocles' Antigone, he appears as a reminder of traditions.
A Study Guide for T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land by Gale, Cengage Learning Summary
A Study Guide for T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.
The Annotated Waste Land with Eliot's Contemporary Prose by Thomas Stearns Eliot Summary
Newly revised and in paperback for the first time, this definitive, annotated edition of T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land "includes as a bonus""all the essays Eliot wrote as he was composing his masterpiece. Enriched with period photographs, a London map of cited locations, groundbreaking information on the origins of the work, and full annotations, the volume is itself a landmark in literary history. "More than any previous editor, Rainey provides the reader with every resource that might help explain the genesis and significance of the poem. . . . The most imaginative and useful edition of "The Waste Land" ever published."--Adam Kirsch, "New Criterion ""For the student or for anyone who wants to get the maximum amount of information out of a foundational modernist work, this is the best available edition."--"Publishers Weekly"
The Waste Land Suite by Marilyn Peck Summary
Inspired by T. S. Eliot's famous poem, The Waste Land, Marilyn Peck has created the 48 paintings in watercolour, most of them miniatures measuring 100 x 100mm and reproduced at the same size. These appear alongside her texts which echo the sentiments expressed by Eliot, but which are evoked by her own memories of growing up in Australia.
Critical Essays on T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land by Lois A. Cuddy,David H. Hirsch Summary
These essays were originally published in various periodicals since the first appearance of "The waste land" in 1922 and reflect how each decade reappraises the work. Early critics found the work a reflection of the world war just concluded, filled with despair and emptiness. Later critics found reason to hope amidst the despair, and contemporary critics have returned more to the original assessment. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
After the Waste Land: Democratic Economics for the Year 2000 by Samuel Bowles,David M. Gordon,Thomas E. Weisskopf Summary
This critique of Reaganomics attempts to provide alternatives to both the supply experiments of the 1980s and neoliberal strategies of austerity. It presents arguments for economic democracy with a worker-oriented blueprint for improving productivity, growth, employment and economic justice.
The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot Summary
April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. Winter kept us warm, covering Earth in forgetful snow, feeding A little life with dried tubers. Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade, And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten, 10 And drank coffee, and talked for an hour. Bin gar keine Russin, stamm' aus Litauen, echt deutsch. And when we were children, staying at the archduke's, My cousin's, he took me out on a sled, And I was frightened. He said, Marie, Marie, hold on tight. And down we went. In the mountains, there you feel free. I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.