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* MindScrew: the poem never makes clear what exactly is going on, following a dream-like progression between scenes.

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* MindScrew: the poem never makes clear what exactly is going on, following a dream-like progression between scenes.scenes and a chaotic blending of allusion, memory, and ambiguous present-tense events.


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* ThirstyDesert: serves as both metaphor for spiritual and emotional death in modern society, and as the literal threat of death from thirst and exposure in the wastes.


* ChessWithDeath: at minimum nodded to by the section A Game Of Chess, with the conversation drifting heavily to suggestions of a LivingMemory style vision forged from a painful memory.



* DeadPersonConversation - With Stetson. Tiresias also mentions doing this during his career as a Hellenic mystic.

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* DeadPersonConversation - DeadPersonConversation: With Stetson. Tiresias also mentions doing this during his career as a Hellenic mystic.mystic.
* DyingDream: One interpretation is that the second-person protagonist is hallucinating the scenes as they wander lost and dying of thirst in the desert.



* MindScrew

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* MindScrewMindScrew: the poem never makes clear what exactly is going on, following a dream-like progression between scenes.


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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Not to be confused with ''Literature/TheWastelands'', ''Literature/TheWasteLands'', the third book in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. (Though the book makes open references to the poem.)


* WrittenSoundEffect "jug jug," "twit twit twit," "co co rico," etc.


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* WrittenSoundEffect: A few times, Eliot writes out birdsong with nonsense words -- "jug jug," "twit twit twit," "co co rico," etc. The penultimate line of the poem is "Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata," words which are both the sound of thunder and a meditative mantra in Sanskrit.


* CityNoir: Unreal City

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* CityNoir: Unreal CityCity.


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'''''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]]

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'''''The ''The Waste Land''''' 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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Not to be confused with ''Literature/TheWasteLands'', ''Literature/TheWastelands'', the third book in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. (Though the book makes open references to the poem.)


* PublicDomainCharacter: Tiresias and the Fisher King.

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Tiresias [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Tiresias]] and [[Myth/KingArthurAndTheHolyGrail the Fisher King.King]].


-->''April is the cruellest month, breeding\\

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-->''April ->''April is the cruellest month, breeding\\

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* FanDisservice: There's a really unflattering sex scene, possibly a rape scene.

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* HeroicBSOD: A possible interpretation of the typist in The Fire Sermon: "Endeavours to engage her in caresses / Which still are unreproved, if undesired. / Flushed and decided, he assaults at once; / Exploring hands encounter no defence; / His vanity requires no response, / And makes a welcome of indifference."

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* BadassBoast: I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

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* MandatoryMotherhood: "What you get married for if you don't want children?"


* SophisticatedAsHell: All these different linguistic registers in one poem.

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* SophisticatedAsHell: All these different linguistic registers in one poem. It's what grabbed people's attention back in 1922, and it still has the power to do so.



* ViewersAreGeniuses: See "ShoutOut".

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* ViewersAreGeniuses: It pays you the compliment of assuming you know what it's talking about. See "ShoutOut".


* 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".

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* IronicEcho: Some of the allusions, like all that nightingale business. Also some internal examples, like "death by water" and the "pearls "[[Theatre/TheTempest pearls that were his eyes".eyes]]".

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