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The Waste Land By TS Eliot This poem which is divided into five parts was exhaustive to read and understand I had to read over it at least four to five times before I was able to make some sense out of it The reason that the is so difficult to understand is because it seems to be haphazardly written in a stream of consciousness Also many of the lines are in a different language and there are allusions throughout that I am not at all familiar with Thus many of the messages I was unable to understand at all The poem in literal time covers about 12 hours 61Under the brown fog of a winter dawn 208Under the brown fog of a winter noon 220At the violet hour the evening hour But there seems to be a deeper dimension in the poem that covers the cycle of life birth growth maturity decay death and rebirth The poem implies that the driving force of all life on earth is procreation and rebirth However this poem portrays a wasteland that lacks this fertility and sexual potency Because of this the earth is so wasted it cannot produce life anymore This lack of sexual potency is exemplified twice in the poem For instance when the ladies are playing chess at the closing time of a pub they discuss one of the old ladys husband returning from the war and how she deals with pregnancy and abortion Also the sexuality between the typist and her lover seems to have indifference lacking that fire of passion Eliot describes this wasteland as a heap of broken images where the sun beats And the dead tree gives no shelter the cricket no relief And the dry stone no sound of water 22-24 Also Eliot states He who was living is now deadWe who were living are now dying 328-329 There is a constant reference to an intense
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