Eliot, perhaps one of the most controversial poets of modern times, wrote what many critics consider the most controversial poem of all, The Waste Land. The Waste Land was written using a fragmented style. There are several reasons for his using this approach, from a feeling of being isolated, to a problem articulating thoughts Bergonzi 18, Cuddy 13, MackMartin What influenced Eliot the most in writing poetry was a book he read written by the English critic, Arthur Symon, titled The Symbolist Movement in Literature.
Posted on December 20, 1 Comment A modernist exercise in capitalist angst, T. Considered by many to be the first modernist poem, its verses certainly carve out a splendid picture of the isolation and contempt for the status quo that marks modernist and postmodernist literature.
More than that, it illustrates the emptiness and superficiality of class society through the middle-class male persona of the narrator, who is kept nameless but is presumably Eliot himself speaking through a fictional character.
The sense of being lost begins with the quotation at the beginning of the poem. This gives quite a first impression of the emotions to come from the main body of the poem. The narrator hates the upper-crust and empty society of London. The narrator realizes throughout that bourgeois capitalist culture, that is, the culture of the dominant class, expressed these days through advertising and television, is vapid, hollow and worth nothing.
Not only does our narrator criticize the culture of the society itself, and the people which make up that society, but he also condemns the unsavory pillars which uphold that society. In another time-honored modernist tool, Eliot seemingly parodies the insanity of imperialist war and capitalist pollution with these images, two things which have helped give rise to the society he so hates.
Nevertheless, he saves his most biting criticisms for himself. He imagines himself as a foolish and aging old man, unable to command even the small amount of respect from women he has already: That is not it, at all. His insecurity, which in itself is a social construct of the system he despises, knows no bounds.
This shows betrays a patriarchal mindset in which he, the male lead role, is the virtuous hero of the story who is the center of attention and praise, another social construct which is programmed into men as being the most ideal by bourgeois culture. Finally, the world the poem has constructed so far abruptly collapses.
There is suddenly no more talk of the city, or of culture, or of the narrator himself taking a walk with the woman he is with.
Yet, even in this beautiful imaginary setting, our storyteller has no control over his own life or his surroundings. The poem ends with the disturbing imagery of drowning, which has the symbolic meaning of the narrator drowning in his raging insecurities about everyday life, aging, and of his sexual advances towards women being turned down, even in dreams.Existentialism Here and Now.
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In "The Waste Land," the great despair of modern existence doesn't just come from a sense of meaninglessness, but from a very deep loneliness.
This loneliness, in turn, is something Eliot thinks we create for ourselves by constantly pursuing our . T.S. ELIOT THE ALIENATION OF MODERN MAN: Born in St. louis in Studied at Harvard, the Sorbonne and Oxford, acquiring a cosmopolite education.
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