T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland"
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The paper examines T.S. Eliot's haunting poem, "The Wasteland" and its grim references to death, its heavy disillusionment, its general sense of hopelessness and futility, and its unlovely imagery. The paper argues that even though the poem is an unhappy one and quite esoteric, it is actually a brilliant work in the sense that its elegant choice of words allows even an audience that is unfamiliar with Eliot's abstruse references and allusions to grasp the general sense of despair and quiet desperation that characterized the mindset of young intellectuals during the 1920s.
From the Paper:"One of the more haunting poems ever penned by an American writer is T.S. Eliot's, "The Wasteland." With its grim references to death, its heavy disillusionment, its general sense of hopelessness and futility, and its unlovely imagery - Eliot writes about barrenness (Eliot, 2005, I:19-24), rats creeping on their slimy bellies (Eliot, 2005, III:186-7) and of old men with withered female breasts (Eliot, 2005, III:219), to name just a few things - "The Wasteland" is the ultimate denunciation of post-Word War I Western civilization. However, even though the poem is an unhappy one..."
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