T.S. Eliot * The Wastelands * What the Thunder Said (V)

“What the Thunder Said” is set in various places. The first three stanzas are set in a desolate and deserted place where it resembles a true waste land, emphasizing the dire need of society for salvation. “Falling towers” and “unreal cities” indicates the destruction and corruption within society. The title of this part has beenContinue reading “T.S. Eliot * The Wastelands * What the Thunder Said (V)”

T.S. Eliot * The Wastelands * Death by Water (IV)

T.S. Eliot’s major themes are fading youth and aging – tempered throughout by a feeling of inadequacy, fear and indecisiveness. He writes about fading greatness, and fading youth – not necessarily his own youth – but something idealized. Eliot’s second major theme is religion – the purifying fire of faith and unqualified belief. Eliot writesContinue reading “T.S. Eliot * The Wastelands * Death by Water (IV)”

T.S. Eliot * The Wastelands * The Fire Sermon (III)

The chapter is simply about sexual intercourse. The title of this chapter, The Fire Sermon, is a sermon given by Buddha. In this sermon, he encourages people to stay away from earthly passion – free themselves from the fire of lust. This is a rather ironic reference that Eliot made because in this chapter, thatContinue reading “T.S. Eliot * The Wastelands * The Fire Sermon (III)”

The Wasteland * T.S. Eliot – A Game of Chess (II)

II. A GAME OF CHESS This chapter title is taken from two plays by the early-17th playwright Thomas Middleton, in which the theme of one play is, a move in a game of chess denotes stages in seduction. This poem can be divided into three distinct parts; part 1 from line 77-110, part 2 fromContinue reading “The Wasteland * T.S. Eliot – A Game of Chess (II)”

The Waste Land * T.S. Eliot * Burial of the Dead (I)

I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD The poem begins by the reverie of the protagonist: people thought April is the sweet month of rebirth, but it’s actually not because it tortures the inhabitants of the waste land with unstoppable recollections, so it’s the cruelest. April stirs new life in the world of nature. This stirringContinue reading “The Waste Land * T.S. Eliot * Burial of the Dead (I)”

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (Poetry)

by T.S. Eliot (1888–1965). S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo, Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse. Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero, Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo. LET us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out againstContinue reading “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (Poetry)”