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The Waste Land and Other Writings by T.S. Eliot
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Jul 18, 07

Read in January, 1994

The Wasteland is the perfect encapsulation of the haunting and incalcuable effect of World War I on literature and life. From the opening lines which mock the jaunty lead to The Canterbury Tales to the final words, a sanskrit invocation to peace and possibly hope, "Shantih, shantih, shantih", Eliot weaves a tapestry of images, words and arresting moments that say so much and give away nothing.

And Prufrock is simply the best poem our poetic lives, we'd all like to be Byron, but we are most likely Prufrock...nervous, introspective and a big, fat coward.

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