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 Oggetto del messaggio: The Waste Land
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The Waste Land, of Thomas Stearns Eliot, is just the Europe of ninteenth century, the desolate landscape of moral values.
Reflecting his personal pain and desperation around him (we have to underline the importance of his bad marriage with Vivienne Haigh-Wood) Eliot made an excellent potrait of his contemporary-man: people were out of faith, out of hope, astonished by the war, astonished by their own power to do evil things, indifferent to previous Positivism and bewildered about the ease of some kinds to lead themself.
In Eliot imaginary, everyone in the world was in that situation and the world itself was The Waste Land.

The narration is twisted to direct speech, which always takes the form of a soliloquio, in a Shakespearian way. But The Waste Land are free of the Shakesperian theatricality, in that is just underlined the ninth-century-man madness coused by the lack of values and morality. Eliot filled his work with all his knowledge, experience, and with the acuity of the new (for that time) science: the Psychoanalysis.
The style is quite difficult, because of its poly-linguism and the large use of archaism. We find some German verses in the first part, there are some France verses in the third part, and Italians, Sanskrit verses in the fifth part. The non-use of correct punctuation and the wide spread of enjambamants are intentional and means Eliot would not bonde his thoughts in a pragmatic way, killing the true form of his emotions: this is one of the first use of the "flow of thought" technic.

The Poem is divided in five parts, which seems to be not related at all. Some key-words and verses link these chapters, some as follow:

"April is the cruellest month" (first chapter) -> "a thunder of spring over distant mountains" (fifth chapter)
"water" (chapters I, II, III, IV, V)


If you are not conscious of who described for the first time a post-apocalytic world... maybe our world... just stand and read Eliot's Waste Land.


Chapter I
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Chapter II
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Chapter III
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Chapter IV
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Chapter V
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Every day meditate for ten minutes. If you have no time, meditate for an hour.


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