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The Waste Land

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  37,023 ratings  ·  944 reviews
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 w
Paperback, Norton Critical Edition, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1922)
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Huda Yahya
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, college-books
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

فالوحدة ا
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
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
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
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
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
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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, and
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.
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!!
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.
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
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
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
Shaikha Alkhaldi
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelves: شعر-غربي

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
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
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.
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
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-eua, g-poesia, 5e, l-500bb
"Abril é o mês mais cruel, gera
Lilases da terra morta, mistura
A memória e o desejo, agita
Raízes dormentes com chuva da Primavera.
O Inverno aconchegou-nos, cobriu
A terra com o esquecimento da neve, alimentou
Uma pequena vida com bolbos ressequidos.
Nas montanhas, aí sim sentimo-nos livres.
Leio, quase toda a noite, e vou para o sul no Inverno.

Que raízes se prendem, que ramos crescem
Neste entulho pedregoso? Filho do homem,
Não consegues dizer, nem adivinhar, pois conheces apenas
Um montão de image
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-poetic
In college I read an author I loved and can't find him. He wrote in the 20's in prose, and they called him the street poet. He didn't rhyme but made you feel his words. I thought Eliot might be that one. I'm not sure if I read him then but the poem amazed me. The more I read and write the more I understand and the deeper the pleasure. I read Eliot a couple years ago and hated it. I read him again this week and read in awe. His words branch off into hundreds of novels your mind creates. His image ...more
Emily  O
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poetry lovers, English majors
Recommended to Emily by: ENG 252 (American Lit Post-1800s)
What can one say about The Waste Land that hasn't already been said? It's disjointed, difficult, long, and brilliant. Parts of it are confusing and grotesque (I'm looking at you, carbuncular young man) while other parts are strikingly painfully beautiful. It is laden with symbolism and references to everything under the sun. The only interpretation people can agree on is that something is terribly broken, though no-one can seem to agree on exactly what that thing is. If you like poetry, and are ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
پس اگر راست میگوييد شعری مانند آن بياوريد و گواهان خود را غير تی. اس. الیوت فرا خوانيد. پس اگر نكرديد و "هرگز نمیتوانيد كرد" از آن آتشى كه سوختش سنگها هستند و براى شاعرنمایان آماده شده بپرهيزيد.
✨    jamieson   ✨
“April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.”

I had to read this for a Modernism unit I'm taking, which made sense because I knew nothing about this poem going in except that it's supposed to be THE modernism poem (and also that Ezra Pound edited the shit out of it?) I read T.S Eliot's other famous poem The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock in highschool, which I liked because of it's beautiful writing and clever
Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)
T.S. Eliot has written some of the most thought-provoking poems I've ever read. He is brilliant, just brilliant.

You will definitely love Eliot's poetry style if you enjoy the works of Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe.

Some of my favourites:

I. The Burial of the Dead.

April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.


And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your
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
Mahdi Lotfi
سرزمین بیحاصل یا سرزمین هرز شعری از تی. اس. الیوت است که از مهمترین شعرهای قرن بیستم به شمار میرود.
این اثر در دورههای گوناگون بارها و با نامهایی چون سرزمین بیحاصل، دشت سترون، خرابآباد و ارض موات به فارسی برگردانده شده. نخستین بار در دههٔ ۳۰، حسین رازی (آذر فریار) این شعر را با نام سرزمین ویران در «جنگ هنر و ادب امروز» ترجمه کرد و سپس چنگیز مشیری، حمید عنایت و بعدتر بهمن شعلهور با نام سرزمین هرز (نام پیشنهادی ابراهیم گلستان) در مجلهٔ آرش در دههٔ ۴۰، و بعد از آن پرویز لشگری، بیژن الهی، شهریار شهید
Aug 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
In summary: the poem is aptly titled if ‘waste’ is the colloquial ‘to poop on’, and ‘land’ means ‘my time’.

Okay, so this has been on my reading list for a while. It was supposed to be so good. Its legend preceded it, and it had a lot to live up to, judging from many literature buffs . Some have referred to this poem as an embodiment of the zeitgeist of the 20th century. Besides being a poet and writer, T.S. Eliot was a literary critic whom any author of his time would have begged on all fours to
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نکته ی بارز این کتاب اینه که ... "صفحه ی آخر نداره!" یا حداقل کتاب من، صفحه ی آخرش چاپ نشده و نمی دونم دیوانه کننده تر از این هم چیزی هست؟ حالا بالاخره درد هیزل و گاس رو وقت خوندن کتاب جناب پیتر فن هوتن درک می کنم، مسخره است
به غیر از این نکته ی "بارز"، باید بگم که ترجمه خوب بود، البته می تونست بهتر هم باشه (شاید یک ازرا پوند ایرانی لازم داشت)، ولی خب نفس ترجمه ی چنین کار شاقی "خوب" ه، و در ضمن نقدها و حاشیه ها هم خیلی عالی بودند
و شعر هم که البته، حرف نداشت. من تی اس الیوت رو یه جور غریبی دوست دا
Nouha A.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I wish to be an old lady of sixty,
surrounded by giant cats
rocking a chair swiftly,
reading and truly comprehending Eliot's 'Waste Land'.
Maria Thomarey
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5;. Μεγάλη η διαφωνία μου για τη μετάφραση του τιτλου.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: شعر
الأرض الخراب ل-إليوت، قصيدة حداثية بالغة الأثر؛ تعد علامة فارقة في الأدب الحديث .
وهي أهم أعماله الشعرية بإجماع النقاد. تحفل القصيدة بعدة أصوات، وسط تعدد لساني متمايز ومثير ومعقد في آن. وانفتاح النص إلى إحالات نصية لاحصر لها، والتي تستند إلى مرجعيات ثقافية - دينية، وأدبية، وأخرى. + دراسة باطنية ومعمقة للقصيدة، بمناظير مختلفة أعادت بناء إليوت من جديد.
أولت الدراسة بالغ الاهتمام بالتكوين النفسي لشخص إليوت ؛حيث قدمت التفسيرات والتحليلات النقدية الحديثة صورة بانورامية بليغة، أدت إلى انصهار الآفاق وصر
Laurel Hicks
Ars Poetica

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit

As old medallions to the thumb

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown -

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind -

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs

A poem should be equal to:
Not true
Jason Gignac
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Original Review

To be perfectly honest, I really expected not to like this poem. I was really kind of expecting to hate it, in fact. I've read a little bit of Ezra Pound, a jillion years ago, didn't like it, and I guess just figured this would be the same. Here's the thing - I didn't hate it. And I don't know why. It was obtuse, it made no sense at times, it deliberately obscured itself, it had all the things I hate in modern poetry.

Except for one little, tiny thing: It wasn't talking to itself,
L.A. Starks
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This highly literary poem is recommended only for those who want to delve into its heavily allegorical word-by-word symbolism and who are willing to go outside the text to understand it.

While I don't recommend T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland for mystery, suspense, and thriller readers who are looking for straightforward plot and characters, those who like the setting of the early 1900s and the sheer rhythm of the lines will find this classic stays with them.

For a laymen's explanation:
Amir Mojiry
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amir by: Zahra Saedi
Shelves: poetry
سرزمین هرز از جمله کتاب هایی بود که باید می خواندم. به خاطر شهرتش و این که به نوعی کلاسیک محسوب می شد.
اما این که نتوانستم با این کتاب خوب ارتباط برقرار کنم می تواند چند دلیل داشته باشد:
1- کتاب در فرهنگ و بافت خود، کتاب بسیار خوبی است اما وقتی ترجمه می شود برای من که در آن فرهنگ و بافت زندگی نمی کنم، بی معنا می شود.
2- کتاب در زبان اصلی خود (فارغ از فرهنگ مرتبط با زبان) کتاب خوبی است اما وقتی ترجمه شده است، مترجم نتوانسته (یا اصلن نمی شده) حرف شعر را منتقل کند.
3- کتاب را روشنفکران بزرگ کرده اند!
Saeed tavakoli
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: شعر
امتیاز دهی من بیشتر بر اساس لذتی است که از کتاب بردهام. از اون کتابهایی بود که باید میخوندم. دو ترجمهی بهمن شعلهور و جواد علافچی رو خوندم و باید بگم نه. شاید انتظارم زیاد بوده. شعر اشباع شده از اسطوره و کتابهایی که الیوت دوست داشته. افسانههای خدایان، مسیح، شکسپیر، کنراد، دانته و... اونقدر که بدون دانش به اون آثار خوندن این کتاب بیهوده است. نشانهاش هم حتا توضیحاتی که خود شاعر داده. مجبورم بگم خود شعر چیزی بالاتر از آثاری که ازشون وام گرفته عرضه نمیکنه. البته این نظر مطمئنا به مذاق خیلیا خوش نمیاد ...more
Molly Labenski
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm confused
Adem Yüce
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1922'de "Çorak Ülke"nin yayımlanmasıyla Eliot uluslararası üne kavuştu. Şiir I. Dünya Savaşı sonrasındaki hüsranı, düş kırıklığını ve nefreti büyük bir güçle dile getirir. Kutsal Kâse arayışı gibi bir temayla gevşekçe birbirine bağlanan bir dizi bölümde insanların bir kurtuluş işareti ya da vaadi bekledikleri, korkularla ve çorak arzularla dolu kısır bir dünya anlatılır. 

Kitabı okurken değişik duygular canlanmaya başladı içimde boşuna verilen uğraş hissi mi eylemlerin başkalarının çabalarından
Adriana Scarpin
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesia, americana, inglesa
III. The Fire Sermon

The river’s tent is broken: the last fingers of leaf
Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind
Crosses the brown land, unheard. The nymphs are departed.
Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song.
The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers,
Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends
Or other testimony of summer nights. The nymphs are departed.
And their friends, the loitering heirs of city directors;
Departed, have left no addresses.
By the waters of Leman I sat
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land is one of those works intentionally designed by its author to be a literary labyrinth, so crammed full of references to other things that the explanatory notes dwarf the text itself many times over. But my calling it a “literary labyrinth” is misleading, as the phrase implies that you’d have a chance of navigating The Waste Land if given enough time. That is false. In his notes, Eliot writes of the three of staves tarot card “I associate [it], quite arbitrarily, with ...more
Oct 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I read this about 30 years ago, but have since revisted it because of my son's school project on Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." For an Eliot fan, it's a must-have. Like most here, I agree with Pound's edits. Still, I've always liked the first major "cut" from the poem: "He Do the Police in Different Voices, Part I." But more importantly, I've always wanted to know the backstory behind Eliot's interest in Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." I'm fascinated by the fact that Eliot originally intended to ha ...more
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  • The Bridge
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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
“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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