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The Waste Land, Prufrock and Other Observations

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  8,218 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
PERHAPS THE FINEST POETRY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY T.S. Eliot's position in the literature of the world is unmistakable, largely due to the poems contained within this volume.

An American who moved to England, Eliot wrote poems reflecting a deep scholarship and also caught the mood and flavor of a very new time -- all of these poems (and they're the bulk of the work Eliot d
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Published January 1st 2007 by Mud Puddle Books (first published 1922)
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Aug 28, 2008 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I measured out my life with coffee spoons in the hours, weeks, indeed months between when I first picked this up and when I subsequently set it down unfinished. It gets two stars in deference to the world of literary critics and english PhD's who call Eliot a master.

I want to believe that good poetry has something to share with us. I even keep a copy of Garrison Keillor's anthology "Good Poem's For Hard Times" on my night stand, for Pete's sakes! It's there right now, see? (Ok maybe ther
Feb 02, 2008 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modernism
T.S. Eliot takes a lot of work. I wouldn't recommend just plowing through The Wasteland on your own. It's the type of poem you only really understand when you discuss it in a group. If I hadn't studied it in a class in college, I'm sure I never would've understood it.

I would give 5 stars to Prufrock alone, and probably 3 or 4 to the rest. I especially loved Prufrock when I was single, b/c I think it captures the essence of male timidity. The language is oblique, but has some powerful contrasting
Jun 04, 2015 Liz rated it it was ok
Not my cup of tea.

Not only did I not get the "beauty" of most poems, or their "brilliance" for that matter, but the provided interpretations seemed rather bold. How does a person come up with such ideas? Why are they accepted? E.g. I interpreted Prufrock completely different and I admit it, I like my interpretation much better!

I don't understand Eliot's poetry. But at least I tried.
I dont know how to review this because it always feels like I am still in the process of reading it and untangling it and pealing away it's layers.
at times i find my self reciting the parts that i know of some of these poems.
when I am really done with it. if I am ever, I might give a proper review.
Apr 04, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many dozens of times I've been through this book I don't know. Read Eliot, that's all I can say.
May 24, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 14, 2016 Helen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I studied this during my A Level English Literature class. I had absolutely no idea what it was about back then, and having picked up and perused this book recently, I am still totally and completely baffled. I remember the long, long, drawn out agony of the endless reading aloud of this poetry in my English Literature classes, and the feelings of utter and total crazed despair, frustration and boredom that made me want to stand up and scream "no more!!!!" I'm know this poetry is an accomplished ...more
Feb 17, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
If you asked me a few years ago to make a list of who I thought would be on the list of poets most influential to my own voice, I would never have selected Eliot. I have always been a little intimidated by his intelligence. For me, the key to gaining a deeper appreciation for Eliot was a deeper study of Anglo-Saxon poetry. Modernists like Eliot and Auden and Pound most remind me, for all their experimentation, of those old tellers of epic tales: the attention to language and rhythm, the idea of ...more
Dec 08, 2016 Anushka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need to read it 5 more times to understand.
Jun 18, 2009 Vincent rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, e-read-book
This volume contains Eliot's first two books of Poetry and his magnum opus, "The Waste Land," with its much needed (and thankfully) introductions, foot notes and critical commentary. Without the afterword analysis, I don't think I would appreciate some of the earlier poems as much as I eventually was able to do. I particularily enjoyed several where I did not feel as lost as to the poet's thematic meaning or narrative. Mr. Eliot's literary aspirations and ideals for great poetry are that they ma ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Noelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eliot is one of my favorite poets to read. He utterly confuses me at times, but his poetry always has me looking for the deeper meaning in things. It stretches my brain almost to the point of pain at times to read Eliot (cough...the Wasteland), but I enjoy this kind of pain.
Jan 24, 2017 Madeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
T.S. Eliot is my all-time favorite poet - I'm not sure if I've read this addition of his poems, but I've read enough to give his poetry 5 starts.

The Wasteland and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock are the best, and everyone should read them. His use of language, ryme, and flow are incredible.
albin james
could not understand much.
George Tyson
Dec 19, 2012 George Tyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Right - like I'm really going to critique the works of T.S. Eliot. However, I will say this: because some of his poetry contains bits and pieces from other works of literature that span Western and Eastern poetry, fiction, philosophy and theology, it's great fun to deconstruct those poems to see how they were "put together." (For example, see However, to really appreciate what Elliot was getting at, you need to reassemble these fragments. That's because the ma ...more
Lisa Litberg
Dec 01, 2009 Lisa Litberg rated it really liked it
"Let us go then, you and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky like a patient etherized upon a table..."

This collection contains two of Eliot's most famous works, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land, but it also includes all the other poems he published betwen 1917 and 1922. I love Eliot and his use of allusion and symbolism in poetry. Because this volume is annotated there was a constant string of footnotes translating text and explaining references in the poems,
there is a very small quantity of poetry volumes, and books in general that could compare to the quality of this book.
it has achieved such a collection of achievements that are so very difficult, and as a collaboration has never been seen.
first: any holder of a respectable degree in English literature, or student, or even your average avid reader would tell you; the waste land is mother of all avant gard.
and that alone is a tremendous achievement, but to achieve it while still holding the love a
Jan 07, 2011 elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
Good, yes, but incredibly inaccessible for anyone without an English degree. This is probably best read as part of a course so there is someone to guide you through the language and all the literary references, and it would help if you have a good command of French (and it would be even better if you also understood at least some Greek and Latin).

This isn't to say that all of the poems in this collection are as inaccessible as "The Wasteland" and some of the others. Once you've translated the Fr
Antonio Gallo
Il "Canto d'Amore di J. Alfred Prufrock" è la poesia che segnò l'inizio della carriera poetica di T. S. Eliot, (1888–1965), il poeta inglese più importante del XX secolo e, a mio parere, uno dei migliori poeti di tutti i tempi. La poesia si presenta sotto la forma di monologo drammatico filtrato attraverso la tecnica narrativa del flusso della coscienza. Questa poesia l'ho conosciuta sulle pagine di un'antologia di poesie inglesi che avevo come testo di studio quando lavoravo in Inghilterra ai m ...more
Feb 20, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please read "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." It is my favorite poem and it quite possibly changed my life. Never have I experienced a piece of literature that I have heard interpreted in so many different manners--this, in addition to my personal reading of Prufrock, has led me to believe that everyone can find themself in it on some level. Moreover, everytime I read it, I pick up a new piece of something...a glimmering something that had slipped past me times before. I am in love with thi ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read this again because I am reading "Constellation of Genuis" and that centers around Joyce and Eliot. Prufrock is one of my favorites but I didn't remember Wasteland or his other poems very clearly.

Great stuff. My favorite is still Prufrock.
May 29, 2009 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I suspect that I am missing something, but I simply didn't get it. I spent the huge bulk of the time confused and wanting the damn thing to just be over with already. Maybe someday I'll go back and try again with fresh eyes.
La tierra baldía, como su título dice, nos sumerge en una tierra vacía, de desesperanza. Y nos envuelve en una atmósfera extraña, casi gótica. El defecto que le encuentro que puede ser también virtud, es que me quedé con ganas de más.
Emma Mccourt
Mar 29, 2014 Emma Mccourt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tricky to read but beautiful once understood. I highly recommend getting an annotated version to fully understand the meanings. The Hollowmen is my favourite.
Aug 25, 2013 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Test post.
Jan 11, 2013 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well then, this was like Russian Roulette for my memory of the French language.
Donald Armfield
Jun 12, 2016 Donald Armfield rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Not my cup of tea. I did find a liking to poem titled "Morning at the Window" & "Hysteria"
David Smith
Jan 30, 2017 David Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time to read "The Waste Land." It won't be the last, as I loved the language and want to understand the poem more deeply.
Rosemary Reilly
Sep 21, 2016 Rosemary Reilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-class
(mainly referring to The Waste Land)
J.B. Shearman
Dec 03, 2010 J.B. Shearman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Been reading this for a while and finally finished. It contained Prufrock and Other Observations, Poems 1920, and The Waste Land.

Prufrock and other Obersvations contained some incredibly brilliant moments. The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock might be my favorite poem from him and bits and pieces of other poems were fantastic. Overall though the collection was inconsistent with great highs and some definite lulls.

Poems 1920 seemed to be more consistent overall and but it didn't have the same ty
Jan 10, 2016 Erika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"How unpleasant to meet Mr. Eliot!" reads a line from Five-finger exercises at the end of the book. Shame that I have to agree with such statement. I’ve never been a fan or poetry but I had heard so many good things about T. S. Eliot and his importance of his work on modern literature, so I had to give it a shot.

Well, I took a gamble and Lady Luck was not on my side this time. Getting through this book was hard. Everything seemed to be written in code, like you’re not supposed to get the text un
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Thomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, dramatist and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry." He wrote the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four Quartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party; and the essay Tradition and the Individ ...more
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