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Community Level 5drewish

drewish

One of those books you have to do at school . . .

AdvantagesGreat poetry.

DisadvantagesElitist, snobbish and racist.

"The Waste Land is deliberately difficult. It is crammed with obscure allusions, indecipherable footnotes and lines in foreign languages. it was also heavily edited by Ezra Pound, who got rid of many of the anti-semitic elements of the poem. However, it still reeks of a public school education and upper-class values. Most of the poem is deliberate pastiches of other poets' work. Yet it is hauntingly beautiful and poetic and is technically one of the ..." Read review
01.03.2007

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Community Level 4Telute

Telute

The Waste Land is not a Waste of time

AdvantagesBeautiful, really beautiful

DisadvantagesI suppose I have to admit that its ever so slightly snobbish

"...pages in before throwing at the wall, or that the last modern poetry you read was just random sentences, please please try this. It's one of the starting points of modern literature and it is accessible (well ... it's not as bad as the Canto's or Ulyssess) and it is some of the most beautiful poetry your ever likely to read. Now selections of Eliot's poetry vary from publisher to publisher editor to editor, which means that mine isn't likely to ..." Read review
30.09.2003

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Community Level 1jimbowimbo

jimbowimbo

Moi?

AdvantagesGround-breaking, complex, brilliant

DisadvantagesOver complex, unnecessary showing off with literary allusions.

"The Waste Land is not an accessible poem. Crammed full of allusions to literary works you may not be familiar with, Eliot predicts this sufficently to off er you notes at the back. But he notes are often as obscure as the orginal refernces, if not more so. One, for example, Eloit quotes in the orginal GReek. Well that helps a lot.Thanks. Complex, brilliant, irritating and inspiring by turn; there is no doubt this poem makes a major contribution ..." Read review
01.02.2008

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Community Level 1blue_orchi...

blue_orchid_0

Eliot's best work in one volume

AdvantagesEssential Eliot poems, collected into one volume

DisadvantagesIf you don't like Eliot, you'll hate this

"...this book because it includes The Waste Land and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, two of my favourite Eliot poems. I would say that if you like Eliot's more experimental poetry, this is a must. If, however, you are a diehard fan of Old Possum's, you might want to steer clear of this. Some find these particular poems quite pretentious, due to their length and language. I would agree with this in part, but I also think that anyone who reads these ..." Read review
13.11.2006

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Community Level 1tidapop

tidapop

Eliot is a master of peotry

AdvantagesExcellent to study, brilliant to read

DisadvantagesSnobbery, too many allusions?

"...is a must-read, taking up the Holy Grail Legend in a new light. His characters throughout are often depressed souls, whose lives have little purpose, and he tries to show you how spirituality can be your salvation from average, routine, mundane life. At times, however, Eliot loses us with his allusions to texts from all walks of history and cultures, which take some time to pick through; a result of his thorough education and snobbery. ..." Read review
28.05.2008

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Community Level 1hemasree

Quick review of The Waste Land and Other Poems - T.S. Eliot

"I bought this book because it includes The Waste Land and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, two of my favourite Eliot poems. I would say that if you like Eliot's more experimental poetry, this is a must. If, however, you are a diehard fan of Old Possum's, you might want to steer clear of this. Some find these particular poems quite pretentious, due to their length and language. I would agree with this in part, but I also think that anyone who reads these poems will come away with something different from them. The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock should be read by everyone, particularly students of English, or just anyone interested in poetry. It was a groundbreaking poem at the time, thanks to its mostly free verse structure, and its satirical tone. All in all, I would recommend this book for readers who appreciate Eliot already, as opposed to people just getting into him. Enjoy!
29.11.2008

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Community Level 1Munchkin

Munchkin

A supposed classic

Advantagesnone

Disadvantagesthe amount of additional reading needed to undrstand it.

"The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot I was required to read this as part of my English degree course, and it is not something that I would ordinarily chose to read. I have to say that I find it seriously annoying that such works require a farther multitude of notes and texts to explain what each line and quote means or refers to. To my mind it is intellectual snobbery on both the parts of the author and the critics who have given such works their supposedly ..." Read review
13.07.2000

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