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THE WASTE LAND
Collapse of traditional, conventional distinctions between present, past and future. There is no temporal progress or movement forwards. The poet exploits many grammatical tenses in this collapsing of progress/sequence, assisting the flattening out of time. All time is fragmented from the perspective of the puppet master behind the multiple voices, mainly either first person singular or plural. Mini dramas all superbly capturing the accents and argot of each speaker, including the mask of an ironic narrator.
This device of contrasting and varied speaking voices enables a direct evocation of the contrasting cultures and social positions implicit and, by quotation,… Read more