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The Waste Land and Other Poems
by T.S. Eliot
by T.S. Eliot
Aug 10, 11
Read from July 17 to August 10, 2011
I picked up this book realizing that despite being such a fan of Modernist literature, I had never actually read T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land." The poem is filled with allusions. You could spend years analyzing every detail and studying every work referenced. I am always fascinated by these types of works that connect to so many writers before them, but I gained another fascinating perspective being that I read "The Waste Land" along with other poems by T.S. Eliot. This collection takes you through a spiritual journey that Eliot expressed through poetry. "The Waste Land" is a sad poem, a poem with an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. The poems progress to a feeling of hope and a better understanding of self. The final piece, "Two Choruses from the Rock," is a wonderful exploration of the opposing forces of the world and how every human must experience these pulls to one side or another. Eliot explores human artistic creation (labor vs. idleness) and poignantly describes how the light is in every human, extinguished when we are at rest when the sun sets, only for us to relight it the next day as we continue our inventions. Eliot's poems certainly deserve a read, or many reads, and this is an excellent collection.
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