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Define the symbols used in "The Waste Land".

Your question requires several books to answer it! In fact, the poem is so complex in its symbolism that Eliot included his own footnotes to guide the reader. I will address the title of the poem,...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2007 8:37 am UTC

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What hope comes in the form of the refrain from a children's song from "The Waste Land"?

If you look at the final stanza of T.S. Eliot's poem "The Waste Land," you will spot the line: "London Bridge is falling down falling down falling down." This is the refrain from a children's song...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 9:11 am UTC

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I don't understand the aim of the waste land poem so please try to make it easier for me what exactly i should get...

If you're attempting to understand Eliot's "The Waste Land," you have a great deal of work ahead of you. Far too much goes into understanding this poem than can be included in one answer to your...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2010 4:45 am UTC

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What are some common modernist themes found in both T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" and the TV show Mad Men?

T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" is a poem both composed of and intrigued by fragments. The structure of the poem, but also its themes of decay and breakdown within city life, is both representative...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 8:06 am UTC

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Why does Eliot use St. Augustine and Buddha concurrently in The Waste Land?

This is a fairly powerful question on a very intense work sample. I am not sure any one person can claim to have "the answer" for any question in a work like Eliot's, so be warned on this front....

Latest answer posted August 7, 2010 4:15 pm UTC

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What are some reasons that T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" is considered a critically valuable poem?

T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” is valued as a poem by many readers for the following reasons (to mention just a few): Its skillful use of allusions (implied or explicit references) to other texts...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011 7:30 am UTC

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How does the modernist drive toward innovation in Western culture coexist with the use of ancient myths in T.S....

Modernism, as exemplified by The Waste Land, is the product of an irredeemably fractured society. In the years following the First World War, when the poem was written, many of the old certainties...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018 5:24 pm UTC

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What is an example of epistemological difficulties and literary experimentation in the The Waste Land and the The...

... Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief, (The Waste Land, T. S....

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013 9:24 pm UTC

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"Different voices and shifting points merge together to give a kind of unity to Eliot's 'The Waste Land'." Discuss.

It is important to realise the way in which this powerful work came to define Modernism as a literary movement. Indeed, some critics argue that stylistically it seeks to include all of the elements...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013 7:01 am UTC

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Describe the emotional condition of the speaker in "The Waste Land." Does his mental state remain static?

There is no one speaker in "The Waste Land"; the poem is spoken through many different voices. Some of those voices are recognizably from the past, such as real-life figures from history and...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2020 6:12 am UTC

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Discuss the presence of the historical figures and their meaning in the "The Waste Land."

"The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot is distinguished by its plethora of allusions to real and literary figures, replete even with footnotes. Some of the figures are historically minor but significant in...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 1:31 am UTC

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Does the water motif from T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land have an influence on The Great Gatsby? 

Certainly scholars have compared the two texts, many seeing The Great Gatsby as a prose version of The Waste Land, and identifying similar themes, settings, motifs, and more. Water as a motif is...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 5:43 pm UTC

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Comment on the degradation seen in The Waste Land.

"The Waste Land" is a heartbreaking poem about the changing nature, and ultimate end, of relationships. For example: "What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow/ Out of this stony rubbish?"...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2010 11:23 pm UTC

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What are the pedagogical implications of The Waste Land?  

If I understand the question, this is a phenomenal bit of delving. If I don't, then I can only hope that what I offer can have some tangential meaning. The pedagogical implications of Elliot's...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2010 11:40 am UTC

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How does the poem lead to catharsis when it is so overwhelmingly packed with the disillusionment of the post-war...

You need to see the movie Tom and Viv. It's about T.S. Eliot's marriage to Vivienne Haigh-Wood. Throughout their marriage, Vivienne suffered mood swings and erratic behavior. She got so mad at him...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2008 1:18 pm UTC

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What is the structure of the poem?

Typical to his style, T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" is a long, sprawling, and almost encyclopedic work that branches through many scenes and alludes to past works on an epic scale. The structure of...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 8:02 am UTC

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How is T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land commonly regarded as a seminal work of Modernist literature? How is T.S. Eliot's...

Eliot's work is considered as a seminal work of Modernism because it embodies the fundamental precepts of the intellectual movement. When Woolf, another preeminent Modernist, writes that "all...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 1:42 pm UTC

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In what way was "The Waste Land" central to its time in both theme and technique? What examples illustrate this? 

"The Waste Land" reflects T. S. Eliot's perception of the state of the world after World War I. He sees the warfare among the European nations as an emblem of the fragmentation of tradition in the...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

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What are T S Eliots views on tradition? And how is this shown in 'The Waste Land'? I am supposed to relate T S Eliots...

Eliot's views of tradition were reflected in the very disillusioned nature of the Wasteland. Like much of Europe and the world, Eliot felt that the traditional approach to politics and national...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2011 11:47 pm UTC

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Discuss T.S. Eliot's point of view regarding the future in his poem "The Waste Land."

T. S. Eliot’s poem "The Waste Land" is perhaps the most well-known and representative modernist poem. Published in 1922, the poem has five sections and numerous speakers. It is a difficult poem,...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 4:00 am UTC

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Please advise where can I get resources about "motifs" in T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" poem?? Thanks and kindest...

I have changed your topic from "Literature" to "The Waste Land," which should make it easier for you to access all the excellent information about the poem available in the eNotes study guide. This...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2015 2:22 pm UTC

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How is the image of Man depicted in the Waste Land, which lines shall I use when I talk about that image? Be academic...

This poem is about the fear of aging, a universal fear and cause for anxiety among most people. This is shown in the lines "I grow old, I grow old, I shall wear the bottom of my trousers rolled."...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 7:42 am UTC

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Why have so many histories of interwar society and culture used The Waste Land as emblematic? interwar relates to...

“The Wasteland” is often used in works on interwar Britain because it is thought to express many of the major themes of literary modernism as they respond to the artistic and cultural problematics...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2011 3:51 pm UTC

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Is the statement that "at the heart of every modernist text is an absence" true of any poems by T.S. Eliot? writing a...

Perhaps the best poem by T. S. Eliot to use as an example of your statement that at the heart of any modern poem is an absence is “The Waste Land”, although “The Hollow Men” and many of his other...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 5:00 am UTC

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Is section 1 of "The Waste Land" a document of the western world?

If it is, it isn't a very flattering depiction of life in the Western hemisphere. To look into what Eliot was saying, it helps to understand the historical timeframe, and the background that fed...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2010 1:40 am UTC

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How does the experience of the war inform the shattered and spectral world of T.S. Eliot’s postwar Wasteland?

"The Waste Land" is a complex poem. Essentially T. S. Eliot is using the actual ruins of World War I and the many deaths of soldiers and civilians as an extended metaphor for the spiritual...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2015 6:53 am UTC

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What do I need to do to understand T. S. Eliot's poetry well, as with "The Waste Land"?

To understand poems by T. S. Eliot, such as "The Waste Land" well, you need to be familiar with their cultural and literary context. Eliot is a highly allusive poet, who constantly refers to other...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2012 7:02 am UTC

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