The Waste Land and Other Poems [NOOK Book]

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While recovering from a mental collapse in a Swiss sanitarium in 1921, T. S. Eliot finished what became the definitive poem of the modern condition, one that still casts a large and ominous shadow over twentieth-century poetry. Built upon the imagery of the Grail legend, the Fisher King, and ancient fertility cults, “The Waste Land” is both a poetic diagnosis of an ailing civilization and a desperate quest for spiritual renewal. Through pastiche and collage Eliot unfolds a nightmarish landscape of sexual ...
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While recovering from a mental collapse in a Swiss sanitarium in 1921, T. S. Eliot finished what became the definitive poem of the modern condition, one that still casts a large and ominous shadow over twentieth-century poetry. Built upon the imagery of the Grail legend, the Fisher King, and ancient fertility cults, “The Waste Land” is both a poetic diagnosis of an ailing civilization and a desperate quest for spiritual renewal. Through pastiche and collage Eliot unfolds a nightmarish landscape of sexual disorder and spiritual desolation, inhabited by the voice (literary, historical, mythic, contemporary) of an unconscious that is at turns deeply personal and culturally collective. This edition includes “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Gerontion,” and more.


Includes "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Gerontion," "Sweeney Amoung the Nightingales," and other important poems from the author's early and middle periods.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Written when Eliot was working as a bank clerk and heavily edited by his friend Ezra Pound, 1922's The Waste Land could probably take the prize as the most important English-language poem of the 20th century. This 75th-anniversary edition includes the full text plus notes and an afterword by scholar/editor Christopher Ricks.
Library Journal
Along with the two title pieces, this collection includes "Portrait of a Lady," "Rhapsody on a Windy Night," "Gerontion," and numerous other Eliot greats. To have these poems in a single volume that costs roughly the price of a candy bar is nothing less than a miracle. (Classic Returns, LJ 12/98)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101200766
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/25/2003
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 682,116
  • File size: 200 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas  Stearns Eliot (1888–1965) was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent many of his adult years in England. He worked for a bank while writing poetry, teaching, and reviewing, and was soon recognized as a force in the British literary world. The Waste Land confirmed his reputation as an innovative poet.



Frank Kermode is among our greatest contemporary critics. He has written and edited many works, among them The Sense of Ending and Shakespeare’s Language.


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Table of Contents

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 1
Preludes 11
Gerontion 17
Sweeney Among the Nightingales 23
The Waste Land 27
I. The Burial of the Dead 29
II. A Game of Chess 32
III. The Fire Sermon 36
IV. Death by Water 41
V. What the Thunder Said 42
Notes on 'The Waste Land' 47
Ash-Wednesday 55
Journey of the Magi 67
Marina 71
Landscapes 75
I. New Hampshire 77
II. Virginia 77
III. Usk 78
Two Choruses from 'The Rock' 79
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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Astounding modernist poetry!

    One of the smallest of the B&N Classics, The Waste Land and Other Poems nevertheless contains some of the best poetry of the 20th century and, quite frankly, of all time. Eliot's Ezra Pound-inspired style utterly enhances the cold, sterile, occasionally Kafkaesque mood of his early poetry, and this volume contains Eliot's preeminent early work: "Prufrock and Other Observations," "Poems 1920," and, of course, "The Waste Land," a masterpiece of modernist literature. Highly influential even today, Eliot's cynical description of a cold, harsh modern world raises pertinent philisophical questions about the human condition, as well as our world today. Eliot's penetrating observations are enhanced by his brusque and often aloof style of poetry, a style punctuated by significant pauses and characterized by short, fragmented lines, as well as varying rhyme scheme (when applicable) and diverse meter. This little book provides an excellent introduction to T.S. Eliot in general, but "The Waste Land" alone is worth your money. Absolutely influential and simply stunning--oh, and Eliot's vocabulary is masterful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    We don't see the like, haven't for years,and probably won't again.

    THIS is poetry, and very little even approaching it has been written in the past several decades. Hard work, years of it, went into the writing, and luckily several good critics have written on Eliot's work and have explicated, amplifying the reader's experience.

    If you're looking for rawness, explicit sex, self-absorbed confessionals, random ambiguity and "It can mean one thing to you and something else to me, that's why it's so great," don't even open the book. Eliot wrote distilled thought in precisely appropriate words and language, and in rhythms in the text as deep as ground waves in the sea.

    Much of the material he uses or refers to in his work is no longer part of anyone's intellectual repertoire today, except academics'. But books about his poetry will fill in those blanks. The work is worth it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

    The Poems are GREAT, The Formatting Of The E-Book Is Bad

    I am a big fan of Eliot, but I found the formatting of this book frustrating. I really wanted to have a collection of his works for my Nook, so I thought this would work. After getting it, I have found the formatting of the poems frustrating. I wish someone would fix this.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2001

    the quintessential modern poet

    t.s. eliot was doubtlessly the greatest poet of the twentieth century. with a commanding knowledge of over 8 different languages, more than 6 of which appear in 'the waste land,' his poetry is a testament to his brilliance. only he could allude to 'tristan und isolde' and 'hamlet' and 'london bridge is falling down' in the same poem.....

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2000

    great

    prufrock and the wasteland have to be the finest work produced by eliot, and it is great to see them collected in this inexpensive, short collection.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    ????????

    Is this good for 13 year olds??????????????

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    A few of the best poems ever written

    By the title itself, this collection contains two poems that every English-speaking poet must read: "The Waste Land" and "Prufrock." Eliot's masterpieces rank him among the best poets of his language.

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    Good Work

    This is an awesome collection to have in one's own library.

    Everyone should own this work, along with Ohio Blue Tips by Jeanne E. Clark, The Photos In The Closet by Daniel E. Lopez, and works by Alison Townsend.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2008

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    This book encloses some of the most wonderful rhyming poetry you will ever read. From 'The Wasteland', an interesting poem about what the world is like and has become, to a poem written in French about a lazy waiter, every verse in this book deserves to be read by poetry enthusiasts of all kinds.

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