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2nd Mar '14 1:33:39 PM mlsmithca
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-->''April is the cruellest month, breeding\\
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing\\
Memory and desire, stirring\\
Dull roots with spring rain.''

'''''The Waste Land''''' is Creator/TSEliot's most famous poem, as well as the most famous Modernist poem. It is mainly about how the world is hopelessly lost and how life cannot be regenerated. It is also [[MindScrew incredibly confusing.]] [[http://www.bartleby.com/201/1.html Full text here]]

Not to be confused with ''Literature/TheWasteLands'', the third book in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. (Though the book makes open references to the poem.)
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!!This work contains examples of:
* AllThereInTheManual - Eliot's annotations. Except that they just raise further questions.
* TheAnnotatedEdition - Provided by Eliot himself.
* ArcWords - "Unreal City," "fear death by water," and "HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME," to name but a few.
* AsTheGoodBookSays
* BilingualBonus - There are some lines that are in German, French, and Italian, and some Sanskrit words.
** The Latin epigraph translates to: Once with my own eye I saw the [[AgeWithoutYouth Sybil of Cumae]], hanging in a jar, and the boys were saying to her: "What is it you desire?" She responded, "I wish to die."
*** Oh, and the dialogue there is in Greek.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick - The narrator in the first "Unreal City" section talking to Stetson. "That corpse you planted last year in your garden..."
** Perhaps not as squicky as it first appears; "That Corpse" might refer to the Corpse Flower, whose fragrance resembles rotting meat.
** Though, considering that he just mentioned the battle of Mylae...
** The narrator of the first section of A Game Of Chess suggests this agenda: "The hot water at ten. / And if it rains, a closed car at four. / And we shall play a game of chess, / [[EyeScream pressing lidless eyes]] and waiting for a knock upon the door."
*** "Lidless eyes" might just be referring to [[TheInsomniac inability to get restful sleep]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall - When he calls out to the "hypocrite reader" in GratuitousFrench.
* CasanovaWannabe: The house agent's clerk in The Fire Sermon.
* CatchPhrase - HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME.
* CityNoir - Unreal City
* CrapsackWorld - It is ''The Waste Land'' after all.
* CreatorBreakdown - Both he and his wife suffered nervous breakdowns during the writing of this poem, hence it is no wonder it is so confusing.
* DeadPersonConversation - With Stetson. Tiresias also mentions doing this during his career as a Hellenic mystic.
* EmotionlessGirl - The typist home at teatime.
* {{Expy}} - In his annotations, Eliot mentions the three Thames-daughters, who are expies of the Rhine-maidens from the ''Götterdämmerung''.
* GratuitousFrench, GratuitousGerman, GratuitousItalian, and gratuitous Sanskrit.
* {{Hermaphrodite}} - Tiresias.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Marie, Countess Larisch from the beginning of The Burial of the Dead.
** She had become notorious a couple of decades earlier as the go-between for Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Marie Vetsera. After the Mayerling incident, she was essentially frozen out of Vienna society and went into self-imposed exile. She met Eliot in 1911 (or 1914 according to some sources) and the lines in Burial of the Dead are said to be taken nearly verbatim from her remarks during their conversation.
* IntrepidMerchant - Phlebas the Phoenician and Mr. Eugenides, sort of.
* IronicEcho - Some of the allusions, like all that nightingale business. Also some internal examples, like "death by water" and the "pearls that were his eyes".
** The Burial of the Dead's "know[ing] nothing" is echoed in A Game of Chess.
* LampshadeHanging - "The fragments I have shored against my ruins," at the end of the poem; referring to fragmented sentences he put before this line. Also, the second part of The Burial of the Dead mentions "a heap of broken images"-- like the poem itself.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Lill from the end of A Game of Chess.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle - Parts three and five are allusions to Buddhist works, and part one to the Book of Common Prayer.
* LyingCreator
* MindScrew
* NarrativePoem
* PublicDomainCharacter -Tiresias and the Fisher King.
* RuleOfThree - The three of staves is one of the tarot cards drawn, the Fisher King appears three times in the poem, there are the three Thames-daughters, the thunder strikes three times.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism - Way towards the cynical end.
** Though it can be argued that the cynicism is moderated, to an extent, by the ending stanzas of the last canto, What The Thunder Said, in which Eliot proposes three virtues (using one of the most famous sections of the Upanishads) - charity, mercy and self-control - as means of escaping the sterile Waste Land of modern civilization.
* SophisticatedAsHell - All these different linguistic registers in one poem.
* ShoutOut - It even ends with a massive list of all of its allusions.
* TarotMotifs - Specifically in the third vignette of part one. (Though some of the cards it mentions aren't actually in the Arcana. Eliot acknowledges this in the annotations, of course.)
* TheIngenue - The hyacinth girl, at first.
* WrittenSoundEffect "jug jug," "twit twit twit," "co co rico," etc.
* ViewersAreGeniuses - See "ShoutOut".
* WorldOfSymbolism
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-->''April is the cruellest month, breeding\\
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing\\
Memory and desire, stirring\\
Dull roots with spring rain.''

'''''The Waste Land''''' is Creator/TSEliot's most famous poem, as well as the most famous Modernist poem. It is mainly about how the world is hopelessly lost and how life cannot be regenerated. It is also [[MindScrew incredibly confusing.]] [[http://www.bartleby.com/201/1.html Full text here]]

Not to be confused with ''Literature/TheWasteLands'', the third book in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. (Though the book makes open references to the poem.)
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!!This work contains examples of:
* AllThereInTheManual - Eliot's annotations. Except that they just raise further questions.
* TheAnnotatedEdition - Provided by Eliot himself.
* ArcWords - "Unreal City," "fear death by water," and "HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME," to name but a few.
* AsTheGoodBookSays
* BilingualBonus - There are some lines that are in German, French, and Italian, and some Sanskrit words.
** The Latin epigraph translates to: Once with my own eye I saw the [[AgeWithoutYouth Sybil of Cumae]], hanging in a jar, and the boys were saying to her: "What is it you desire?" She responded, "I wish to die."
*** Oh, and the dialogue there is in Greek.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick - The narrator in the first "Unreal City" section talking to Stetson. "That corpse you planted last year in your garden..."
** Perhaps not as squicky as it first appears; "That Corpse" might refer to the Corpse Flower, whose fragrance resembles rotting meat.
** Though, considering that he just mentioned the battle of Mylae...
** The narrator of the first section of A Game Of Chess suggests this agenda: "The hot water at ten. / And if it rains, a closed car at four. / And we shall play a game of chess, / [[EyeScream pressing lidless eyes]] and waiting for a knock upon the door."
*** "Lidless eyes" might just be referring to [[TheInsomniac inability to get restful sleep]].
* BreakingTheFourthWall - When he calls out to the "hypocrite reader" in GratuitousFrench.
* CasanovaWannabe: The house agent's clerk in The Fire Sermon.
* CatchPhrase - HURRY UP PLEASE ITS TIME.
* CityNoir - Unreal City
* CrapsackWorld - It is ''The Waste Land'' after all.
* CreatorBreakdown - Both he and his wife suffered nervous breakdowns during the writing of this poem, hence it is no wonder it is so confusing.
* DeadPersonConversation - With Stetson. Tiresias also mentions doing this during his career as a Hellenic mystic.
* EmotionlessGirl - The typist home at teatime.
* {{Expy}} - In his annotations, Eliot mentions the three Thames-daughters, who are expies of the Rhine-maidens from the ''Götterdämmerung''.
* GratuitousFrench, GratuitousGerman, GratuitousItalian, and gratuitous Sanskrit.
* {{Hermaphrodite}} - Tiresias.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Marie, Countess Larisch from the beginning of The Burial of the Dead.
** She had become notorious a couple of decades earlier as the go-between for Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Marie Vetsera. After the Mayerling incident, she was essentially frozen out of Vienna society and went into self-imposed exile. She met Eliot in 1911 (or 1914 according to some sources) and the lines in Burial of the Dead are said to be taken nearly verbatim from her remarks during their conversation.
* IntrepidMerchant - Phlebas the Phoenician and Mr. Eugenides, sort of.
* IronicEcho - Some of the allusions, like all that nightingale business. Also some internal examples, like "death by water" and the "pearls that were his eyes".
** The Burial of the Dead's "know[ing] nothing" is echoed in A Game of Chess.
* LampshadeHanging - "The fragments I have shored against my ruins," at the end of the poem; referring to fragmented sentences he put before this line. Also, the second part of The Burial of the Dead mentions "a heap of broken images"-- like the poem itself.
* LawOfInverseFertility: Lill from the end of A Game of Chess.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle - Parts three and five are allusions to Buddhist works, and part one to the Book of Common Prayer.
* LyingCreator
* MindScrew
* NarrativePoem
* PublicDomainCharacter -Tiresias and the Fisher King.
* RuleOfThree - The three of staves is one of the tarot cards drawn, the Fisher King appears three times in the poem, there are the three Thames-daughters, the thunder strikes three times.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism - Way towards the cynical end.
** Though it can be argued that the cynicism is moderated, to an extent, by the ending stanzas of the last canto, What The Thunder Said, in which Eliot proposes three virtues (using one of the most famous sections of the Upanishads) - charity, mercy and self-control - as means of escaping the sterile Waste Land of modern civilization.
* SophisticatedAsHell - All these different linguistic registers in one poem.
* ShoutOut - It even ends with a massive list of all of its allusions.
* TarotMotifs - Specifically in the third vignette of part one. (Though some of the cards it mentions aren't actually in the Arcana. Eliot acknowledges this in the annotations, of course.)
* TheIngenue - The hyacinth girl, at first.
* WrittenSoundEffect "jug jug," "twit twit twit," "co co rico," etc.
* ViewersAreGeniuses - See "ShoutOut".
* WorldOfSymbolism
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2nd Feb '14 4:55:16 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* TarotMotifs - Specifically in the third vignette of part one.

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* TarotMotifs - Specifically in the third vignette of part one. (Though some of the cards it mentions aren't actually in the Arcana. Eliot acknowledges this in the annotations, of course.)
12th Nov '13 7:13:56 PM finalvortex
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* {{Expy}} - In his annotations, Eliot mentions the three Thames-daughters, who are expies of the Rhine-maidens from the [i]Götterdämmerung[/i].

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* {{Expy}} - In his annotations, Eliot mentions the three Thames-daughters, who are expies of the Rhine-maidens from the [i]Götterdämmerung[/i].''Götterdämmerung''.
12th Nov '13 7:13:14 PM finalvortex
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* {{Expy}} - In his annotations, Eliot mentions the three Thames-daughters, who are expies of the Rhine-maidens from the [i]Götterdämmerung[/i].



* PublicDomainCharacter: Tiresias and the Fisher King.


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* PublicDomainCharacter -Tiresias and the Fisher King.
* RuleOfThree - The three of staves is one of the tarot cards drawn, the Fisher King appears three times in the poem, there are the three Thames-daughters, the thunder strikes three times.
24th Jun '13 11:16:22 PM Geoduck
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Not to be confused with ''Literature/TheWasteLands'', the third book in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series.

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Not to be confused with ''Literature/TheWasteLands'', the third book in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. (Though the book makes open references to the poem.)
24th Jun '13 11:00:55 PM HersheleOstropoler
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** The Latin epigraph translates to: Once with my own eye I saw the Sybil of Cumae, hanging in a jar, and the boys were saying to her: "What is it you desire?" She responded, "I wish to die."

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** The Latin epigraph translates to: Once with my own eye I saw the [[AgeWithoutYouth Sybil of Cumae, Cumae]], hanging in a jar, and the boys were saying to her: "What is it you desire?" She responded, "I wish to die."
1st May '13 1:01:19 PM jadmire
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** Though it can be argued that the cynicism is moderated, to an extent, by the ending stanzas of the last canto, What The Thunder Said, in which Eliot proposes three virtues (using one of the most famous sections of the Upanishads) - charity, mercy and self-control - as means of escaping the sterile Waste Land of modern civilization.
1st May '13 12:54:23 PM jadmire
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** She had become notorious a couple of decades earlier as the go-between for Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince Rudolf and Baroness Marie Vetsera. After the Mayerling incident, she was essentially frozen out of Vienna society and went into self-imposed exile. She met Eliot in 1911 (or 1914 according to some sources) and the lines in Burial of the Dead are said to be taken nearly verbatim from her remarks during their conversation.
1st Apr '13 8:52:50 AM TheGreatUnknown
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*** "Lidless eyes" might just be referring to [[TheInsomniac inability to get restful sleep]].
5th Dec '12 8:34:44 AM Ulyssi
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* CatchPhrase - HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME.

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* CatchPhrase - HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S ITS TIME.
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