The Waste Land

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  • Waste Land Essay: Superficiality in The Waste Land

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    Superficiality in The Waste Land   The Waste Land is concerned with the 'disillusionment of a generation'. The poem was written in the early 1920's, a time of abject poverty, heightening unemployment and much devastation unresolved from the end of WW1 in 1918. Despite this, or because of it, people made a conscientious effort to enjoy themselves. In doing so they lost their direction, their beliefs and their individuality. They were victims of the class system which maintained a system of

  • The Waste Land By. Elliot

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    In the Waste Land are several themes, techniques, allusions, and characters that have been stated clearly by T.S. Elliot. However, the poem has also been interpreted differently and similar in certain aspects in the Waste Land by critics such as Cleanth Brooks, Jr. “The Waste Land: An Analysis”, F.R. Leavis “[The significance of the Modern Waste Land]”, Robert Langbaum “The Walking Dead” and Maud Ellmann “A Sphinx without a Secret.” From these critics is the ability to find key evidences on how each

  • The Waste Land By. Eliot

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    The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot, is a journey through the arid, unproductive modern world. This poem was written post World War I when the world was still recovering. Evidence of the war could still be seen. The ground was still battle worn, and man still broken of spiritual guidance. This current state of being is what fueled Eliot’s writing. Through the poem, he connects the conditions of modern society to an infertile world void of water and spirituality. Despite the desert-like setting, there are

  • The Waste Land Analysis

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    features of their poetry contribute to either their poems’ worth or inadequacy. Eliot’s own poem, “The Waste Land,” demonstrates a compelling use of roots, sounds, and monosyllables in order to achieve his desired third-dimensionality; this confirms that Eliot is a successful poet because he has achieved his goal of unconsciously evoking the deepest human emotions within the reader. While “The Waste Land” appears to be incoherently fragmented and lacking in any uniform structure, Eliot’s structural choices

  • The Waste Land Poem

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    The waste land by T.S.Eliot in 1922 is a mix of publications containing many themes and features. The poem contains five sections with the image of the city being the main focus for things to occur. The waste land encounters many different cultural impacts with the poem focusing on the imagery of nature and the whole rural setting. When researching Eliot you learn that most of his works draw vastly on literary and religious texts and the traditions around them. When reading the Waste lands written

  • The Waste Land Poem

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    “The Waste Land” changed the course of poetry and all forms of expression for good. As a benchmark of modernist poetry, T.S. Eliot's poem used World War I as motivation and put to words the destruction of the world and the minds of so many humans around the world. The ideas in the poem contrast the images put forth and force the reader to feel the chaos, pessimism, confusion, and collapse of human values that modernists know. After the war, the world was totally different and never was the same.

  • Imagery In The Waste Land

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    The Mechanics of Time in Relation to Death, Decay, and Infertility in T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land "In my beginning is my end" — though it is the opening line of the second part of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, one of his later works, it can nonetheless be said to ring true when pertaining to the earlier The Waste Land, and more particularly when interpreting the way in which time functions within the poem as well as what derives from its mechanics. From the onset time is an ambiguous notion, never

  • Tiresias In The Waste Land

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    T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land is, in the words of literary critic F. R. Leavis, “an effort to focus an inclusive human consciousness” (175). This effort is built by five different poetic sections that come together to respond to the crisis that Eliot believes is the collapse of society. The Waste Land utilizes many elements to convey this message, and fellow literary critic Gorham Munson declares that this poem “requires for comprehension a more or less stringent initiation in certain ways of feeling

  • The Waste Land Analysis

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    be dull and lack reason to live. This state of mind is difficult to explain, however one poem impressively portrays the feeling of boredom using creative imagery. Although it is initially difficult to evaluate, I claim that T.S. Elliot’s poem The Waste Land perfectly captures the concept of boredom because of the author’s use of colorful imagery, allusions, and metaphors. Comparing boredom to a dry, desolate landscape assists the reader in visualizing a bleak world overrun by

  • The Waste Land And Recitatif Analysis

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    think coming into a Modern American Literature class would be more modernized stories and poems. In our syllabus, The Waste Land lacks out of showing direct thoughts, being reliable enough to understand and real modern history. Which, is why I believe The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot should be switched out with Recitatif by Toni Morrison. I will be comparing and contrasting The Waste Land with Toni Morrison’s Recitatif on setting, writing skills, and the authors’ themselves. By comparing both stories,