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The Waste Land
     

The Waste Land

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by T. S. Eliot
 

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A controversial modernist poem detailing the journey of the human soul searching for redemption.

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A controversial modernist poem detailing the journey of the human soul searching for redemption.

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BN ID:
2940012416582
Publisher:
Baxter St.
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
61 KB

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H. P. Lovecraft was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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Waste Land 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The editorial review refers to a different version of this poem, with annotatios and an afterward. This version is just the poem, which you can get for free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whoever is selling this doesn't even know who authored it. This has nothing to do with HP Lovecraft. Don't buy from this seller.
tafoot1 More than 1 year ago
This used to be required reading for all educated individuals, and it should be required again.
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Luciano-E More than 1 year ago
The Waste Land by T. S. Elliot is a poem that makes the reader see the dark and commonly over looked reality of life and death. The poem focuses on the fragile mental state of many people during the post World War One time period. Elliot shows his view that society had become wounded and altered through the multiple accounts of painful memories, social hardships, abuse, and more told by multiple narrators. All these experiences combined created a society in which people were questioning whether or not they had the strength to keep on living, relationships were broken and many people couldn’t effectively communicate or resolve issues together. The poem gives the characters a sense of hollowness and lack of emotions, the people act more like animals than humans because of their inability to feel or cope with emotions. Elliot’s poem was created with the intention to make society aware of the overlooked issue and recognize the need for a change. The writing style of the poem confuses the reader and requires thought to interpret because he was mimicking the confusion and chaos of the real world. Elliot also shows the world to be a barren wasteland. He doesn’t talk about new life in a positive way, he only shows how society runs from the idea of it and rather hides in “forgetful snow” and get joy out of feeding off “A little life with dried tubers.” The contrast between high and low society is also a message that Elliot wanted to show in his poem. Both higher and lower class people suffered in the aftermath of the war but expressed their pains in different ways. The higher-class people showed irritable and paranoid character traits and showed a lot of caring for little issues. The lower class people showed less caring for their physical state and showed little emoticon or caring about much of anything. The depression and disintegration of society affected everyone and lead to a damaged and unproductive world. 
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