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on 18 October 2017
I’m working my way through 20th and 21st Century poets at present and I thought I would give TS Eliot a try,having heard that The Wasteland was highly rated. After reading it and several other poems included in this collection I found that I just didn’t enjoy them. The Wasteland is a difficult and arcane poem ,even with the use of a study guide. It was rambling,random and disjointed,full of obscure high brow literary references and it didn’t appear to convey any particular overriding message or sentiment. It wasn’t really a social commentary either. The other poems were equally hard to understand and I couldn’t connect with them or the poet. Can’t say that I liked anything in this collection unfortunately. Of appeal to literary intellectuals only I would imagine.