The Waste Land (Norton Critical Editions) by T. S. Eliot

By T. S. Eliot

The textual content of Eliot's 1922 masterpiece is observed through thorough explanatory annotations in addition to through Eliot's personal knotty notes, a few of which require annotation themselves. For ease of interpreting, this Norton serious variation provides The Waste Landas it first seemed within the American variation (Boni & Liveright), with Eliot's notes on the finish.

Contexts presents readers with beneficial fabrics on The Waste Land's assets, composition, and ebook history.

Criticism lines the poem's reception with twenty-five experiences and essays, from first reactions during the finish of the 20th century. integrated are experiences released within the Times Literary Supplement, besides choices by means of Virginia Woolf, Gilbert Seldes, Edmund Wilson, Elinor Wylie, Conrad Aiken, Charles Powell, Gorham Munson, Malcolm Cowley, Ralph Ellison, John Crowe Ransom, I. A. Richards, F. R. Leavis, Cleanth Brooks, Delmore Schwartz, Denis Donoghue, Robert Langbaum, Marianne Thormählen, A. D. Moody, Ronald Bush, Maud Ellman, Christine Froula, and Tim Armstrong. A Chronology and chosen Bibliography are incorporated.

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He had a terrifying way of shaking his head, frowning and clicking with his tongue as he looked at the lines. " sketching out the sign of the cross as he uttered the words. The clients who came in laughing grew suddenly grave; they began to take the witch seriously. She was a formidable-looking woman; could it be, was it possible, that there was something in this sort of thing after all? After all, they thought, as the hag shook her head over their hands, after all ... And they waited, with an uncomfortably beating heart, for the oracle to speak.

Eliot, of course, quotes the "ditty" from The Tempest as he docs this line from Cornelia's dirge. 46 OVID [The Blinding of Tiresias] t Now while these things were happening on the earth by the decrees of fate, when the cradle of Bacchus, twice born, was safe, it chanced that Jove (as the story goes), while warmed with wine, put care aside and bandied good-humoured jests with Juno in an idle hour. " She held the opposite view. And so they decided to ask the judgment of wise Tiresias. He knew both sides of love.

See "[The Perilous Chapel]," pp. 38-39. 1. The Ganges, sacred river of India. Ganga is a colloquial version of ils name. 2. More commonly Himavat or Himavan. Sanskrit adjective meaning snowy, usually applied to the mountains known as the Himalayas, especially when personified as the father of Ule Ganges, among other deities. 3. AB Eliot reveals in his notes, this pad of the poem is based on a section of the Brihadiiranyaka Upallishad in which God presents three sets of disciples with the enigmatic syllable J)A, challenging each group to understand it.

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