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The Waste Land and Other Writings (Modern Library Classics)


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Portrait of a Lady

Thou hast committed

Fornication: but that was in another country,

And besides, the wench is dead.

The Jew of Malta.


Among the smoke and fog of a December afternoon

You have the scene arrange itself as it will seem to do

With I have saved this afternoon for you;

And four wax candles in the darkened room,

Four rings of light upon the ceiling overhead,

An atmosphere of Juliets tomb

Prepared for all the things to be said, or left unsaid.

We have been, let us say, to hear the latest Pole

Transmit the Preludes, through his hair and fingertips.

So intimate, this Chopin, that I think his soul

Should be resurrected only among friends

Some two or three, who will not touch the bloom

That is rubbed and questioned in the concert room.

And so the conversation slips

Among velleities and carefully caught regrets

Through attenuated tones of violins

Mingled with remote cornets

And begins.

You do not know how much they mean to me, my friends,

And how, how rare and strange it is, to find

In a life composed so much, so much of odds and ends,

[For indeed I do not love it . . . you knew? you are not blind!

How keen you are!]

To find a friend who has these qualities,

Who has, and gives

Those qualities upon which friendship lives.

How much it means that I say this to you

Without these friendships life, what cauchemar!

Among the windings of the violins

And the ariettes

Of cracked cornets

Inside my brain a dull tom-tom begins

Absurdly hammering a prelude of its own,

Capricious monotone

That is at least one definite false note.

Let us take the air, in a tobacco trance,

Admire the monuments,

Discuss the late events,

Correct our watches by the public clocks.

Then sit for half an hour and drink our bocks.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Karr, Mary
Karr, Mary
Eliot, T. S.
T.S. Eliot Introduction by Mary Karr
Modern Library
New York
20th century
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
English poetry
General Poetry
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
poetry;20th century;modernism;essays;literature;fiction;literary criticism;american;t.s. eliot
poetry;20th century;modernism;essays;literature;fiction;literary criticism;classic;american;t.s. eliot
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
no. 96-447
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8.12x5.08x.61 in. .43 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Modern Library - English 9780375759345 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Eliot's masterpiece and related writings, with a new Introduction by Mary Karr. This new edition combines "The Waste Land" with select other poems and the important collection of Eliot's critical essays published under the title 'The Sacred Wood.'
"Synopsis" by , Also includes Prufrock and Other Observations, Poems (1920), and The Sacred Wood

Introduction by Mary Karr

First published in 1922, The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot's masterpiece, is not only one of the key works of modernism but also one of the greatest poetic achievements of the twentieth century. A richly allusive pilgrimage of spiritual and psychological torment and redemption, Eliot's poem exerted a revolutionary influence on his contemporaries, summoning forth a potent new poetic language. As Kenneth Rexroth wrote, Eliot "articulated the mind of an epoch in words that seemed its most natural expression." As commanding as his verse, Eliot's criticism also transformed twentieth-century letters, and this Modern Library edition includes a selection of Eliot's most important essays.

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