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Zachariah Hennessey Journal Assignment- The Waste Land Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality But of course only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things Eliot Tradition and the Individual Talent Eliot believed poetry should be a lot like archaeology the process itself like a carefully excavated dig His relics are no more than scraps of ancient texts warped and distorted by time like the archaeologists finds And just like an archaeologist Eliot can only understand his ancient treasures from his own context utilizing his own experiences In many of his poems Eliot writes of emptiness and the futile chaotic nature of humanity To use spiritual texts then is a powerful means to attract attention through contrast Spiritual texts represent a way a people fill the void caused by the anxieties of uncertainty That is to say they provide comfort through a structure of irrefutable beliefs The Wasteland is Eliots depiction of a shattered society a Europe searching desperately for a spiritual direction that will restore order after The Horror of war Each spiritual text is employed in a specific manner to weight the observations Eliot creates Son of man stand upon thy feet and I will speak to thee The story of Ezekiel involves a series of commands prescribed to him by God These orders were Gods plans to punish the impudent and hard- hearted Israelites Each direct order is preceded by the words son of man Ezekiels God was one who carefully and meticulously planned and orchestrated the mass destruction of his own people However he did not do this directly but rather by sending Ezekiel as his prophet This is a god whose intentions can be comprehended by a man This is an old testament God one
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