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1.0 out of 5 stars Basic, 1 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Waste Land, Prufrock, and Other Poems (Dover Thrift) (Paperback)
this edition of T.S. Eliot's (arguably) greatest writings is in the title of the book...its a thrift edition. for the price of it, really don't expect anything other than the poems and a few of the authors notes and references.
if you know anything about Eliot's 'The Wasteland' you'll realise that you will need a book with a proper analysis of the poem by contemporary academics. it is extremely complicated stuff, and you'll not get the poem without the explanation and argument behind it.
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2011 20:00:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2011 20:01:34 GMT
If you need an analysis by contemporary academics to "get" the poem, perhaps you shouldn't be reading it. Maybe there isn't really anything to "get" about the poem in the first place. Or perhaps it's just not very good poetry talked up by academics in a vain attempt to find an outlet for their worthless intellectualising.
Emporer's new clothes syndrome methinks.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 21:02:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2012 23:26:28 GMT
And methinks you protest too much.

Posted on 21 Jul 2012 20:54:29 BDT
Thanks for your helpful comment. I don't have the same background as Eliot and naturally will miss many of allusions and metaphors. Like I would want some commentary on a translated piece, so are comments useful on any work from a different period.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 17:29:37 BDT
Mike Heron says:
If I were you I'd get myself an education before embarrassing myself further.

Posted on 28 Nov 2013 10:57:24 GMT
Zoe Butler says:
Eliot himself said 'The Wasteland' was "just one man's moan" and I think it can be enjoyed just on that level. There are lots of other good quotations from Eliot that imply he didn't think great erudition was as important as everyone thinks. On the other hand, you can learn from The Wasteland, and if you follow Eliot's own suggestion to read Jessie Westcott's "From Ritual to Romance" and possibly read around some of the other material Eliot was drawing on, you could well find your horizons changing. But then again, as Eliot himself was prone to saying; "Poetry is a quagmire". :P
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