International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 6, Part O (2016)
T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land: A critical analysis
The poem The Waste Land gave a shock that had a curative effect to the crazy world. It was a great positive achievement and one of the first importances in the history of English poetry. This paper attempts to make a critical study of the different sections of the poem in order to justify their titles. The purpose of this paper is also to elucidate the influences of different spiritualistic cults on Eliot that forms the major section of his philosophy in this poem. In the first section the conflict in the poem is presented in the opening lines where in image, rhythm and association, the themes are given their first statement. The second part entitled ‘The Game of Chess’ deals directly with the artificiality and lack of human mythical meaning in the central fertility symbol, in the marine relation of men and women. One of the important themes of ‘The Waste Land’ is ‘a vision of dissolution and spiritual drought’. This spiritual drought arises from the degeneration, vulgarisation, and commercialisation of sex. In the third section entitled ‘The fire Sermon’ Eliot was greatly influenced by Buddhistic philosophy. The Waste Land has ample influence of the Rig Veda. This opens with a description of Nature. The Word nature takes a different meaning if we relate it to the primitive Arfan cult of nature and the season have a different meaning if we try to imagine what they mean far the singers of the Rig-Veda.
How to cite this article:
Agrata Swami. T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land: A critical analysis. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(6): 954-956.