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The text of Eliot's 1922 masterpiece is accompanied by thorough explanatory annotations as well as by Eliot's own knotty notes, some of which require annotation themselves.

For ease of reading, this Norton Critical Edition presents The Waste Land as it first appeared in the American edition (Boni & Liveright), with Eliot's notes at the end. "Contexts" provides readers with
Paperback, Norton Critical Edition, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1922)
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Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I'm trying to write a term paper on this poem (key word is "trying") and then I realized, hey, I should waste some time by writing a review of the poem on Goodreads! So here we are.

Here's my thing about T.S. Eliot: the man is ungodly brilliant and I love almost everything he's written. Does this mean I understand a single goddamn word of it? Of course not. But (and this is the great part) that doesn't matter. Eliot has been quoted as saying he's perfectly aware that no one has any idea what his
Huda Yahya
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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أعذر كل من لم يستطع فهم أو محبة الأرض الخراب بالعربية
فأنا عانيت معها وحدي قبل دراستها بلغتها الأصلية
فالرموز وطريقة السرد(العظيمة) تؤثر كثيرا على من لا خلفية له عنها

عندما بدأت في دبلومة الترجمة في الدراسات العليا
وجدت أستاذي في الشعر هو أحد أساتذتي في الترجمة أيضا

وعندما علمت أنه يشرح القصيدة لإحدى الفرق أسرعت وطلبت منه الحضور معهم

وياله من تجدد للسحر
مجددا أعيش أجمل الجلسات الشعرية ‏
وأتمتع بذكاء إليوت وقدرته المذهلة على تكوين القصيد

البعض يتجرأ على وصف القصيدة بالمفككة
وهذا في رأيي محض هراء

You know, one of the greatest poems of the 20th century and that kind of thing. I must know a fair amount of it by heart.

Here's a story about "The Waste Land" that some people may find amusing. Many years ago, when I was an undergraduate in Cambridge, a friend of mine asked me for advice on how to impress female Eng Lit majors. Well, I said, you could do worse than use The Waste Land. Just memorise a few lines, and you'll probably be able to bluff successfully.

We did some rehearsals, and eventu
Bill Kerwin
May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I would not presume to offer anything approaching a definitive judgment of this unique and influential poem, a poem which presents us—in early modernist fashion—with a provocative collage of voices and scenes, fragments which Eliot has collected from the “heap of broken images” that litter the desert of our culture, but which he presents in a way that grants them new terror and new poignancy, in a way that shows us “fear in a handful of dust” and hints--if only by its absence--at the possibility
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot

The Waste Land is a long poem by T. S. Eliot, widely regarded as one of the most important poems of the 20th century and a central work of modernist poetry. Published in 1922, the 434-line poem first appeared in the United Kingdom in the October issue of Eliot's The Criterion and in the United States in the November issue of The Dial. It was published in book form in December 1922. Among its famous phrases are "April is the cruellest month", "I will show you fear in a
April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

The above mentioned lines mark one of the most profound onsets in the history of modernist literature; and perhaps with eruption of the highly dense, heart pounding effusion, a magical spell envelops the reader who would be kept shifting between time and space, embark and decay of civilization, prophecy and satire, philosophy and faith, life and death throughout the m
Alok Mishra
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some people are born to become the trendsetters and I will say that T. S. Eliot has opened the new gates to poetry after the publication of his masterpiece The Waste Land. Poetry was supposed to be about lyrics and music only. He created a different kind of disturbing music but that rang to the ears the alarming sound of perversion in humanity... The Waste Land will be remembered for its uniqueness and incompleteness and even then, for creating a new trend...
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of poems as an English major back in the day.* Not many have stuck with me over the years, but The Waste Land is one of them: T.S. Eliot's lamentation of the spiritual drought in our day, the waste land of our Western society, lightened by a few fleeting glimpses of hope. It's fragmented, haunting, laden with symbolism and allusions, and utterly brilliant.

A diverse cast of characters take turns narrating the poem, or having their conversations overheard by the narrator, including:

Jun 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nobels, poetry
I quite often cite the famous line "April is the cruellest month" completely out of context. And I happily refer to The Waste Land and Eliot's Nobel Prize when I do.

However, I can't say I ever understood the long trail of lines that it contains, even though I read it several times.

And most bizarre of all, I don't even agree with my favourite quote from it. FEBRUARY is the cruellest month: dark and cold and wet, and no end in sight!

Somehow, I don't think I missed the point of the poem though, by
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana, poesia

Non è una poesia qualsiasi: è ben più lungo, è un poemetto.
Ma è anche ben più breve della sua fama, di tutte le parole spese intorno a questo componimento, che è entrato nella storia, non solo letteraria, sia per lo splendido titolo, che per quel primo magnifico verso, Aprile è il più crudele dei mesi.

Ma siccome non potrei proprio dire che io e la poesia abbiamo un rapporto stretto e felice, dato che ci frequentiamo molto poco, ai celebri versi di Eliot sono arri
Sean Barrs
This is the hardest poem I’ve ever read. Certainly, the difficulty experienced when reading something is not enough reason to leave a bad review. I’m currently reading Ulysses, a notoriously difficult book, but I am enjoying it nonetheless. This, however, is an entirely different creature.

Despite being an English student I do find poetry difficult. It may be because of my background. I transferred from sciences into English, so I had very little experience beyond a few poems I read at school.
Hannah Eiseman-Renyard
This Pisses Me Off and Makes Me Feel Like a Moron

I've had to read this twice in the course of my education, and I don't like it one bit, though I thoroughly appreciate its status and importance. Sort of like my attitude to atomic weapons. You wouldn't dismiss atomic weapons as 'crap', but you could legitimately say 'I appreciate their significance but I don't like them at all.'

I don't think there has ever been more literary masturbation about any other piece of writing than The Wasteland, an
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
هر مؤلف فقط تا سه بار فرصت داره آدم رو تحت تأثیر قرار بده، تا وقتی که به کلی کنار گذاشته بشه.
تی اس الیوت تا حالا دو تا فرصتش رو سوخت کرده!!
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I must confess. I have no idea what I just read. But it was the most beautiful thing.
Matthew Appleton
86th book of 2020.

I am going to create what my mind was like when I read this, for the first time, late at night, with Eliot in my ear, eyes on the page. With images coming in and out of focus, and maybe memories, or new memories, new dreams, interfering. Eliot is italicised. I am not.

The Burial of the Dead

April is the cruellest month. I was born in April, rather, born on the same day as Adolf Hitler: April 20th. It is true, I read, much of the night, and I dream of going south in the winter. N
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Σπουδαίο δείγμα μεταμοντερνισμού. Μου άρεσε, ίσως γιατί δεν διάβασα ποτέ κάτι παρόμοιο. Για ένα περίεργο λόγο μου θύμισε τα ποιήματα του James Douglas (Jim) Morrison, που διάβασα πριν 20 χρόνια.

Ξεκίνησα από τη μετάφραση, η οποία κυλούσε καλά σε γενικές γραμμές έως ότου συνάντησα λέξεις που δεν κολλούσαν εμφανέστατα, οπότε συνέχισα με το πρωτότυπο, που δεν ήταν δύσκολο. Η έκδοση που έχω είναι των Gutenberg, ενώ είχα ως μέτρο σύγκρισης τη μετάφραση του Γαβριηλίδη, η οποία ήταν καλύτερη.
Rakhi Dalal
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens
After the agony in stony places
The shouting and the crying
Prison and palace and reverberation
Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ειχα πρωτοδιαβασει αυτο το ποιημα στα αγγλικα εκει στα 20 περιπου, στα πρωτα χρονια της σχολης και η αναμνηση που μου ειχε αφησει ηταν ενα μεγαλο ερωτηματικο και ενα απεραντο αγχος για το τι στην ευχη θα γραψω αν πεσει στην εξεταστική. .α! και κατι για τον απριλη που ειναι ο cruelest month ..ετσι ειχα απομνημονεύσει διαφορα κομματια του sparknotes (life saver!) και απλα ηλπιζα..τωρα 10 χρονια περιπου μετα το ξαναδιαβασα, σε μεταφραση Σεφερη με τις σημειωσουλες μου διπλα(αλλιως δεν βγαινει κατα τ ...more
Evripidis Gousiaris
Όπως προτείνει ο μεταφραστής του... ΜΗΝ το διαβάσετε με τα μάτια.
aPriL does feral sometimes
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary, poetry
T. S. Eliot, who was a literary man who previously had faith in literary wisdom and social norms, I think discovered during World War I how useless lessons of wisdom and defined social mores were against processing the experience of massive wartime deaths and maiming. His personal tragedy of a very damaging marriage was also very difficult.

In 'The Waste Land', I think Eliot was ranting at literature, society, religion and culture for failing to stop the 'collapse' of civilization. Eliot also ra
Ahmed Ibrahim
" من هذه الدراسة يتضح لنا أن الثورة الشعرية التي أحدثها ت.س.إليوت بقصيدة "أرض الضياع" لم تكن ثورة في الشعر الإنجليزي أو الأمريكي فحسب بل كانت ثورة في فن الشعر بصفة عامة بحيث امتد تأثيرها ليشمل معظم شعراء العالم في مختلف اللغات، سواء هؤلاء الذين قرءوها في نصها الأصلي أو مترجمة. فقد تجاوز بها إليوت كل القضايا التقليدية التي أثارها النقاد والشعراء، خاصة في العالم العربي حيث الجدل المثار بين أنصار الفصحى أو أنصار العامية، بين مؤيدي الشعر العمودي المقفى وبين مؤيدي الشعر الحر والمرسل، بين من يعتمدون ع ...more
Limerick della terra desolata
(ispirati da Wendy Cope)

In aprile non sei mai contento
Terra arsa dal sole e spavento
Veggenti stressanti
Pendolari opprimenti
Vedo Stetson: gli pianto un lamento!

Lei sedeva su un trono stupendo
Scintillava, i capelli pulendo
Domandava risposte
Feci poche proposte
Tristi come Al e Lil: un tormento.

Il Tamigi e le ossa ed i ratti.
Sbircia Tìresia i letti disfatti
L’impiegata coperta
Suona musica esperta
Wei la la. S’ingarbuglia da matti.

Un fenicio chiamato Flebàs
Scordò uc
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر،این دفترِ شعر از 10 شعرِ بلند و 5 شعرِ کوتاه تشکیل شده است و در پایان نیز مقاله ای از « الیوت» با نامِ « سنّت و استعدادِ فردی» چاپ شده است
به انتخاب ابیاتی از این کتاب را در زیر، برایِ شما بزرگواران مینویسم
من فكر مي كنم، ما در محاصرۀ موش هايي هستيم
آن جا، كه مردگان استخوا ن هايشان را
از دست داده اند
موج هايِ قهوه ايِ مه
چهره هاي كج
Chiara Pagliochini
“Ho i nervi a pezzi stasera. Sì, a pezzi. Resta con me.
Parlami. Perché non parli mai? Parla.
A che stai pensando? Pensando a cosa? A cosa?
Non lo so mai a cosa stai pensando. Pensa.”

Penso che siamo nel vicolo dei topi
Dove i morti hanno perso le ossa.

Mi sento sola stasera. Le lacrime premono sulla punta degli occhi. E c’è un piccolo nodo di nausea là in fondo, che non si vuol sfogare in nessun modo. Forse è la stanchezza, è tutto il giorno che sto sui libri con questo piccolo entusiasmo frenetico
Shaikha Alkhaldi
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
أرض الضياع رائعة الشاعر "ت. س. إليوت".
نشرت أول مرة عام 1922م، وتعتبر علامة بارزة ومنعطفا تاريخيا في مسار الشعر الانجليزي بصفة خاصة والشعر العالمي بصفة عامة، كتبها في لوزان عندما سافر إلى سويسرا للاستشفاء شتاء 1921م.
وبعد ثلاثة أشهر عاد إلى باريس وقدمها إلى صديقه "عزرا باورد" الذي قام بمراجعها وحذف مايقارب نصفها ولم يعترض "إليوت" بل اعترف أنها قصيدة مشوشة وفي حاجة إلى تناسق.
لولا شرح وتحليل الدكتور نبيل راغب الرائع لأرض الضياع لما أحببته.
وترجمة جزء من القصيدة باللهجة المصرية جميل جدا، لمست فيها جم
Nov 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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ملحوظة : هذه المراجعة لترجمة د . نبيل راغب ، وليس ترجمة : د. عبد الواحد لؤلؤة

يمكنني أن أغفر الكثير من الأشياء في عيوب الترجمة ولكن كيف يمكنني أن أغفر ترجمة بعض أبيات من شعر إليوت إلي العامية السوقية ؟؟
فللأمانة ليست القصيدة كلها مترجمة إلي العامية بل بعضها فقط ، إلا أنني لا أتقبلها ابدأ حتي لو كانت النية جيدة في تقريبها من ذهن القارئ، فالعامية هنا مرفوضة تماما
اعترف أن هناك مجهود كبير من قبل المترجم في شرح وتحليل إسلوب إليوت ومقارنته بسائر الشعراء ، حتي إنني لفت انتباهي مجموعة من الأبيات وجدتها مش
B. P. Rinehart
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to B. P. by: Ralph Ellison (i.e. "Shadow and Act")

[From 2012, I think]:
One of my early Goodreads reviews was of the anthology of Eliot The Waste Land and Other Writings where I reviewed the structure of the book more than I did any of the poems. I have looked back since writing it and am unsatisfied. This is one of my favorite poems, if not my favorite and it deserves better, so I will review it by itself.

Now this is a *cue sudden dramatic music* modernist work (which is to say, no "roses are read/violets are blue" here). It was released in TH
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land is a vast tentacular earthly creature. If its head is in Russia, one of its tentacle is in Honolulu while other is in Cambodia. Since this creature is so big, just two legs won't do. And that is not all. I am not sure what zoologists would say, but I am certain that this creature's tentacles are rigged. If you want to climb on it, you can't do so without taking help and mind you, this system of climbing is so faulty that you can't even take help of any random person. ...more
Feb 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, canon
i think this might make me an anti-intellectual, but i enjoyed this poem so much more when i read this outside of the classroom and infused it with my own tenuous understanding of what was going on in the poem. in class, explicating every single obscure reference effectively killed it. still such a powerful opening though. his poems have lines you want to taste in your mouth, and repeat over and over like magical intonations, or write down covertly in a secret book of quotes.
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a gerat poem in the world literature .
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The best edition of The Wasteland. There are footnotes and endnotes and excellent essays and critical readings of the text.
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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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“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”
“A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
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