Which city is mentioned in The Waste Land?

Although several cities are mentioned in The Waste Land, London is the one referenced most frequently and in the most detail.

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The Waste Land is full of allusions and mentions many cities. In the fifth section, "What the Thunder Said," are the lines:

Jerusalem Athens Alexandria
Vienna London
Unreal
Of the five cities mentioned here, and various others to which Eliot alludes throughout the poem, only London, the "Unreal City," is...

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The Waste Land is full of allusions and mentions many cities. In the fifth section, "What the Thunder Said," are the lines:

Jerusalem Athens Alexandria
Vienna London
Unreal
Of the five cities mentioned here, and various others to which Eliot alludes throughout the poem, only London, the "Unreal City," is explored in detail and provides a constant background for the poem. Eliot, though American by birth, was an Anglophile and spent many years in London. Five years after the publication of The Waste Land, he became a British citizen. The poem is full of specific references to the London cityscape. There is the famous crowd of commuters flowing over London Bridge. The Church of Saint Mary Woolnoth, King William Street, the Strand, Queen Victoria Street, Lower Thames Street, and the Cannon Street Hotel are all mentioned. The Thames itself is a continual motif.
Besides being a city that Eliot knew well, London provides an apposite background for The Waste Land in its combination of ancient splendor and modern squalor. Much of the splendor is, in fact, pompously Georgian and Victorian rather than truly ancient, but the architecture at least mimics that of past civilizations, making an apposite contrast to the crowds scurrying about below it as the empire slowly disintegrates into dust.
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