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The poems gathered here "established T.S. Eliot decisively as the voice of a disillusioned generation".

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Great poetry.

Elitist, 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...

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Beautiful, really beautiful

I suppose I have to admit that its ever so slightl...

No really it isn't, even if you're sitting there thinking someone said that about Ulyssess and you got three 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...

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published 01/02/2008

Ground-breaking, complex, brilliant

Over complex, unnecessary showing off with literar...

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...

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Essential Eliot poems, collected into one volume

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

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...

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Excellent

“Eliot is a master of peotry”

published 28/05/2008

Excellent to study, brilliant to read

Snobbery, too many allusions?

I have to admit, I LOVE T.S. Eliot. He manages to create something magical with words, taking something very ordinary and twisting it in such a way that is perplexing and charming. The Waste Land is a bit of a mammoth of a poem, but takes you on a journey through despondency, hope and suffering...

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published 29/11/2008

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!

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“A supposed classic”

published 12/07/2000

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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...

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