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“Shantih Shantih Shantih”

T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” is a bleak look at the condition of mankind in the early 20th century. By looking at it through the lens of London, it’s possible to come to new conclusions, or at least different … Continue reading

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“Falling towers…”

Another aspect of dehumanization in “The Waste Land” is that of spiritual death, or the separation of God from Man. Throughout the poem, religion is treated with an air of disregard. It appears to be there, but is treated without … Continue reading

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“And gropes his way, finding the stairs unlit…”

The fragmented imagery and voices in “The Waste Land” are all vehicles for conveying the main theme of dehumanization. Dehumanization takes on two forms: 1. The death of human relationships and 2. Spiritual death. The refrain of “The Waste Land,” … Continue reading

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“And voices singing out of empty cisterns…”

The second aspect of fragmentation in “The Waste Land” I’m focusing on is that of voice. One of the most distinctive and astounding elements of Eliot’s poem that has confused scholars and critics for almost one hundred years is the … Continue reading

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“A heap of broken images”

So we’re jumping right into this one while the presses are still hot. I just discussed how The Shard is the perfect image to describe the fragmented nature of London and how the unknown, confused layers the city is built … Continue reading

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Layers upon layers of broken glass.

One of the key characteristics of art in the early modernist era (post-WWI) was that of fragmentation. As I said in my last post, modernist artists– both literary and visual– used fragmentation in their works to help convey their views … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Modernism

The notion of Modernism is not an easy one to explain, and it is not the nature of this blog to attempt a thorough explanation of it. However, to fully understand the nature of T. S. Eliot’s writing, the reader … Continue reading

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