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How are the voices of "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley" and "The Wastelands"...

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princess08 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2008 at 6:16 AM via web

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How are the voices of "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley" and "The Wastelands" similar?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 29, 2008 at 6:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Both poems contain multiple narrators - in "Hugh", they are the two alter-egos of the poet; in "Wastelands", they are various, ranging from the poet himself to a soldier, to the soldier's wife, and beyond.

However, despite the many voices, the feeling of disillusionment and confusion.  In "Hugh", the speakers are critical of themselves and uncertain about the world and their own success.  In "Wastelands", the many speakers are uncertain about the state of the world, the causes for conflict, and the uncertainty of the situation. 

Pound and Eliot were both reacting to world events and expressing frustation with the behaviors of society.

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