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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest poems ever written
The Waste Land is an incredible poem, almost cinematic in its tone and breadth, longer than some short stories, more intelligent than most books. It doesn't pay to try and describe something that is already so absorbed into the English language. Suffice it to say, I think it is an essential poem, an historical tract in its own right (it captures that post-Great War...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good poetry, but too little of it
This selection is okay -- but you hardly need a selected Eliot as his Collected Poems is not much longer, and is only a few pounds more. That's the one I'd go for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest poems ever written, 8 Jan. 2013
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The Waste Land is an incredible poem, almost cinematic in its tone and breadth, longer than some short stories, more intelligent than most books. It doesn't pay to try and describe something that is already so absorbed into the English language. Suffice it to say, I think it is an essential poem, an historical tract in its own right (it captures that post-Great War ambivalence of gratitude for surviving, but being presented with a far from golden future). The kindle edition includes Prufrock and many other famous Eliot poems. Well worth buying for The Waste Land alone, if you don't already own it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eliot re-discovered, 29 Jan. 2014
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A chance quotation in a book nudged me to look again at Eliot's poetry, which I haven't read for decades. This "slim volume" is a perfect re-acquaintance, without being too daunting. I remembered how I loved the poetry, and am finding new meaning this time around. Maybe I'll move on to more of it. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Well Known Poem, 4 Dec. 2009
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The Waste Land T S Eliot’s well known poem has certainly become something of a bugbear amongst a large number of the population, but really it shouldn’t be. Admittedly it is written in more than English and it does have multiple narrators, but don’t let yourself think that you will never understand or appreciate this. It most certainly is not the easiest poem to read, but then again perhaps that gives this something that you don’t often find, something that draws you back and makes you re-read and think again. More than a poem this is also in some ways a narrative.

Building upon the Arthurian legends and the Classics, as well as religion in this piece of modernism that isn’t particularly long, Eliot created a very modern epic for his generation, and how he saw the world progressing, with a mix of satire and prophecy. Obscure in some places and something that always needs more than one reading this is a poem that is something to really get your teeth into. On the first reading you do get the whole feel, but if you come back to this on other occasions you suddenly realise that there is something that you missed or never made much of before, that definitely leads to more pondering.

Edited by Eliot himself and Ezra Pound this is the final poem that amazingly was reduced to so few lines. This edition does include all those notes that Eliot himself made to go with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry in excellence., 4 Jan. 2013
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T.S. Elliot on one of his best selection of poetry.
Buy this book if what you love is not only Eliot, but poems in excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 7 Mar. 2014
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A splendid, beautiful and moving evocation and reminder of human mortality and frailty. Send not to know, dear friend, for whom the bell tolls.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Waste Land, 10 Dec. 2012
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Classic poems that can be read and re-read. It was great to share this in a group and gain new insight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good poetry, but too little of it, 3 July 2001
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This selection is okay -- but you hardly need a selected Eliot as his Collected Poems is not much longer, and is only a few pounds more. That's the one I'd go for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful piece of poetry, 6 Mar. 2015
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Wonderful piece of poetry. However, explanations are sparse for a ordinary reader, but with a help from other sources, I was able to enjoy the poem fully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modernism, 20 Nov. 2013
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Excellent book, poem itself has some intertextuality which requires looking at if you are to try and make the most informed debate. Worth reading, classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't read the Waste Land and you're on here wondering if you should, 27 Oct. 2014
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If you haven't read the Waste Land and you're on here wondering if you should, just buy it and spend the next few years just dipping into it.
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