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The Wasteland Modernism Rebellions against traditional litterature There were no agreed principles for the artistic programmes T.S Elliot is one of the writers who broke with prevailing formal conventions. Style 1 No uniformity in stanza length and meter. Fragments of End rimes Rythem

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modernism
Modernism
  • Rebellions against traditional litterature
  • There were no agreed principles for the artistic programmes
  • T.S Elliot is one of the writers who broke with prevailing formal conventions.
style 1
Style 1
  • No uniformity in stanza length and meter. Fragments of
    • End rimes
    • Rythem
    • Opening lines there is lack of rhythm, but instead there is a use of –ing verbs which actually contributes to the poem as a form of rhythm.
style 2 language
Style 2 Language
  • The surprise value of strange connections:
    • April is the cruellest month? Winter kept us warm
    • Line 71: That corpse you planted last year in your garden, Has it began to sprout? Will it bloom this year?
  • Includes the readers early on in the poem with the use of the personal plural us
title
Title
  • Doublemeanig of the title
    • Devastated land
    • Wasted land
narration
Narration
  • The poem collates modern voices, the narrator, and ancient beauty and wisdom in forms of myths.
  • Many allusions – Shakespeare, Dante etc.
  • But who is the narrator?
the narrator
The narrator
  • The narrator is a spectator walking through the waste land which is a consequence of the war
    • line 218 I Tresias, though blind, throbbing between two lines -The narrator introduces himself ad blind, which contributes to the fragmented style.
    • Line 228 I Tiresias, old man with wrinkled dugs perceived the scene, and foretold the rest – here he tells in his own words, that he is in fact a spectator.
themes
Themes
  • Elliot is describing the post-war London in a very horrid way.
  • Symbolises post-war delussion as a deserted land
  • The poem describes a devastated world Wasteland.
  • Many sub-themes besides the main theme.