The design of The waste land

Burton Blistein

The Design of The Waste Land offers a detailed, comprehensive explanation of T.S. Eliot's enigmatic poem. It relates The Waste Land to earlier and later poems by Eliot, demonstrating that the major poems describe a continuous spiritual odyssey or quest undertaken by the same individual, initiated by the moment of ecstasy in the Hyacinth garden. Blistein's analysis of Eliot's sources reveals that the protagonist's glimpse of "the heart of light" is equivalent to drinking from the Grail, or communing with God. The incarnate deity momentarily transforms the Hyacinth garden into the likeness of the Edenic paradise. With the inevitable passing of the moment of communion, the protagonist in effect is expelled from the paradisiacal garden as mankind was from Eden. By contrast, the familiar world appears to him a wasteland. The protagonist seeks to drink again from the divine Source and return again to the garden as it was when transfigured by the divine presence. His is a quest for Grail and Homeland.

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  • Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: "The Burial of the Dead" Chapter 3, Excursus 1: Dans le Restaurant
  • Gerontion
  • Burbank
  • A Cooking Egg Chapter 4: "And after this our exile" Chapter 5, Excursus 2: Marina
  • La Figlia che Piange
  • Sweeney Erect Chapter 6: "Birth, and copulation, and death." Chapter 7: "A Game of Chess" Chapter 8: "The Fire Sermon" Chapter 9, Excursus 4: "a cannibal isle" Chapter 10: "The bloody flesh our only food" Chapter 11: "Death by Water" Chapter 12: "What the Thunder Said"

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書名 The design of The waste land
著作者等 Blistein, Burton
書名別名 The desing of "The waste land"
出版元 University Press of America
刊行年月 c2008
ページ数 xli, 405 p
大きさ 23cm
ISBN 9780761841388
NCID BA89098541
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国