Questions tagged [the-waste-land]

Questions about 'The Waste Land' (1922), the poem by T.S. Eliot. Use this tag with the [t-s-eliot] tag.

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Did the publication of The Waste Land change modern English Literature? [closed]

If we talk about the one literary production which could be argued to have affected the literature of 20th century the most, I am sure The Waste Land will be considered by many critics, scholars and ...
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Can the influence of the 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic be seen in T.S. Eliot's “The Waste Land”?

A Guardian article from summer 2020, "The Covid novels are arriving. And they'll be a warning to future generations" by Laura Spinney, includes some discussion of the (apparently minimal) ...
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Could T.S. Eliot's namedrop early on in Catch-22 be a play on The Wasteland

Both pieces of work are reactions to post-war trauma, but unlike The Wasteland, which aims to put back together the fragments of Western Literature, fractured by The Great War, and sees the grand ...
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Was T. S. Eliot's “The Waste Land” plagiarised?

This Q&A mention accusations of plagiarism levelled at T. S. Eliot in the context of his famous poem "The Waste Land". There seems to be a lot of information about this on the internet, for ...
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Were T. S. Eliot's notes to The Waste Land partly inspired by plagiarism laws?

T. S. Eliot's poem "The Waste Land" is usually printed with the poet's notes. However, these notes were not present in the original edition and were added in a later edition dating from the same year (...
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In T.S. Eliot's “The Waste Land”, how do the wind and the “pearls that were his eyes” connect to the central message of the poem?

I'm having trouble interpreting the significance of a specific stanza in T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land". “What is that noise now? What is the wind doing?”                           Nothing ...
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Which Upanishad is TS Eliot referencing with “Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.” and why?

Specifically the last lines of the Wasteland: Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata. Shantih shantih shantih [The Wasteland] The poem was written in 1922, and the invocation can be taken as a ...
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Interpreting the line “'O keep the Dog far hence, that's friend to men” in The Waste Land

I'm hoping to get some insight into line 74 of The Waste Land (you can read The Waste Land online). Here's the passage in question (line 74 is in bold): That corpse you planted last year in your ...
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What is the “heap of broken images” in The Waste Land?

In T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land (which you can read online), T. S. Eliot claims that someone (probably either humankind or the reader) only knows "a heap of broken images". What are the roots ...
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Significance of the Phoenician Sailor having pearls for eyes in The Waste Land

In T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land (which you can read online), the "Phoenician Sailor" (an image on a tarrot card) is described as having pearls for eyes in lie 48: Is your card, the drowned ...
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Understanding the key in The Waste Land

A passage from the fifth part of the poem The Waste Land (which you can read online) says: Dayadhvam: I have heard the key Turn in the door once and turn once only We think of the key, each in ...
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Symbolism of “hot gammon” in T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land

I'm reading T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land (which you can read for free online) and one particular line stuck out at me: Well, that Sunday Albert was home, they had a hot gammon, And they ...