The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

The Waste Land

The text of Eliot's 1922 masterpiece is accompanied by thorough explanatory annotations as well as by Eliot's own knotty notes, some of which require annotation themselves.For ease of reading, this Norton Critical Edition presents The Waste Land as it first appeared in the American edition (Boni & Liveright), with Eliot's notes at the end. "Contexts" provides readers with invaluable materials on The Waste Land's sources, composition, and publicat...

Details The Waste Land

TitleThe Waste Land
Release DateDec 1st, 2000
PublisherW.W. Norton & Company
GenreClassics, Fiction, Literature, 20th Century, American, Academic, School, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews The Waste Land

  • Madeline
    I'm trying to write a term paper on this poem (key word is "trying") and then I realized, hey, I should waste some time by writing a review of the poem on Goodreads! So here we are. Here's my thing about T.S. Eliot: the man is ungodly brilliant and I love almost everything he's written. Does this mean I understand a single goddamn word of it? Of course not. But (and this is the great part) that doesn't matter. Eliot has been quoted as saying he's...
  • Manny
    You know, one of the greatest poems of the 20th century and that kind of thing. I must know a fair amount of it by heart. Here's a story about "The Waste Land" that some people may find amusing. Many years ago, when I was an undergraduate in Cambridge, a friend of mine asked me for advice on how to impress female Eng Lit majors. Well, I said, you could do worse than use The Waste Land. Just memorise a few lines, and you'll probably be able to blu...
  • Huda Yahya
    ...أعذر كل من لم يستطع فهم أو محبة الأرض الخراب بالعربيةفأنا عانيت معها وحدي قبل دراستها بلغتها الأصليةفالرموز وطريقة السرد(العظيمة) تؤثر كثيرا على من لا خلفية له عنهاهذه السنة بدأت في دبلومة الترجمة في الدراسات العلياووجدت أستاذي في الشعر هو أحد أ...
  • Gaurav
    April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory and desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain. The above mentioned lines mark one of the most profound onsets in the history of modernist literature; and perhaps with eruption of the highly dense, heart pounding effusion, a magical spell envelops the reader who would be kept shifting between time and space, embark and decay of civilization, prophecy and satire, phil...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    I read a lot of poems as an English major back in the day.* Not many have stuck with me over the years, but The Waste Land is one of them: T.S. Eliot's lamentation of the spiritual drought in our day, the waste land of our Western society, lightened by a few fleeting glimpses of hope. It's fragmented, haunting, laden with symbolism and allusions, and utterly brilliant. A diverse cast of characters take turns narrating the poem, or having their co...
  • Bill Kerwin
    I would not presume to offer anything approaching a definitive judgment of this unique and influential poem, a poem which presents us—in early modernist fashion—with a provocative collage of voices and scenes, fragments which Eliot has collected from the “heap of broken images” that litter the desert of our culture, but which he presents in a way that grants them new terror and new poignancy, in a way that shows us “fear in a handful of...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    This is the hardest poem I’ve ever read. Certainly, the difficulty experienced when reading something is not enough reason to leave a bad review. I’m currently reading Ulysses, a notoriously difficult book, but I am enjoying it nonetheless. This, however, is an entirely different creature. Despite being an English student I do find poetry difficult. It may be because of my background. I transferred from sciences into English, so I had very l...
  • Pantelis
    I often return here, and each time I find a different place and yet it is the same, maybe because I have heard and reheard the "Four Quartets" mantra... "Four Quartets" offer the solution because "The Waste Land" sets the problem... There is no Hope without Despair...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال 2002 میلادیسرزمین بی حاصل: نخستین چاپ این منظومه با عنوان «سرزمین ویران» با ترجمه ح. رازى، حمید عنایت و چنگیز مشیرى در اسفند ماه 1334 هجری خورشیدی، در جُنگ هنر و ادب امروز، دفتر اول چاپ شد. در زمستان 1343 هجری ...
  • Hannah Eiseman-Renyard
    This Pisses Me Off and Makes Me Feel Like a Moron I've had to read this twice in the course of my education, and I don't like it one bit, though I thoroughly appreciate its status and importance. Sort of like my attitude to atomic weapons. You wouldn't dismiss atomic weapons as 'crap', but you could legitimately say 'I appreciate their significance but I don't like them at all.'I don't think there has ever been more literary masturbation about an...
  • Håkon
    I must confess. I have no idea what I just read. But it was the most beautiful thing.
  • Foad
    هر مؤلف فقط تا سه بار فرصت داره آدم رو تحت تأثیر قرار بده، تا وقتی که به کلی کنار گذاشته بشه.تی اس الیوت تا حالا دو تا فرصتش رو سوخت کرده!!
  • Rakhi Dalal
    After the torchlight red on sweaty faces After the frosty silence in the gardens After the agony in stony places The shouting and the crying Prison and palace and reverberation Of thunder of spring over distant mountains He who was living is now dead We who were living are now dying With a little patience.
  • Ahmed Ibrahim
    " من هذه الدراسة يتضح لنا أن الثورة الشعرية التي أحدثها ت.س.إليوت بقصيدة "أرض الضياع" لم تكن ثورة في الشعر الإنجليزي أو الأمريكي فحسب بل كانت ثورة في فن الشعر بصفة عامة بحيث امتد تأثيرها ليشمل معظم شعراء العالم في مختلف اللغات، سواء هؤلاء الذين قرءوه...
  • Shaikha Alkhaldi
    أرض الضياع رائعة الشاعر "ت. س. إليوت".نشرت أول مرة عام 1922م، وتعتبر علامة بارزة ومنعطفا تاريخيا في مسار الشعر الانجليزي بصفة خاصة والشعر العالمي بصفة عامة، كتبها في لوزان عندما سافر إلى سويسرا للاستشفاء شتاء 1921م.وبعد ثلاثة أشهر عاد إلى باريس وقدمها إ...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    دوستانِ گرانقدر،این دفترِ شعر از 10 شعرِ بلند و 5 شعرِ کوتاه تشکیل شده است و در پایان نیز مقاله ای از « الیوت» با نامِ « سنّت و استعدادِ فردی» چاپ شده استبه انتخاب ابیاتی از این کتاب را در زیر، برایِ شما بزرگواران مینویسم--------------------------------------------------------...
  • Ken Moten
    [From 2012, I think]:One of my early Goodreads reviews was of the anthology of Eliot The Waste Land and Other Writings where I reviewed the structure of the book more than I did any of the poems. I have looked back since writing it and am unsatisfied. This is one of my favorite poems, if not my favorite and it deserves better, so I will review it by itself. Now this is a *cue sudden dramatic music* modernist work (which is to say, no "roses are r...
  • Chiara Pagliochini
    “Ho i nervi a pezzi stasera. Sì, a pezzi. Resta con me.Parlami. Perché non parli mai? Parla. A che stai pensando? Pensando a cosa? A cosa?Non lo so mai a cosa stai pensando. Pensa.”Penso che siamo nel vicolo dei topiDove i morti hanno perso le ossa. Mi sento sola stasera. Le lacrime premono sulla punta degli occhi. E c’è un piccolo nodo di nausea là in fondo, che non si vuol sfogare in nessun modo. Forse è la stanchezza, è tutto il gi...
  • Nahed.E
    ملحوظة : هذه المراجعة لترجمة د . نبيل راغب ، وليس ترجمة : د. عبد الواحد لؤلؤةيمكنني أن أغفر الكثير من الأشياء في عيوب الترجمة ولكن كيف يمكنني أن أغفر ترجمة بعض أبيات من شعر إليوت إلي العامية السوقية ؟؟فللأمانة ليست القصيدة كلها مترجمة إلي العامية بل ...
  • Roula
    ειχα πρωτοδιαβασει αυτο το ποιημα στα αγγλικα εκει στα 20 περιπου, στα πρωτα χρονια της σχολης και η αναμνηση που μου ειχε αφησει ηταν ενα μεγαλο ερωτηματικο και ενα απεραντο αγχος για το τι στην ευχη θα γραψω αν πεσει στην εξεταστική. .α! και κατι γ...
  • Steph
    i think this might make me an anti-intellectual, but i enjoyed this poem so much more when i read this outside of the classroom and infused it with my own tenuous understanding of what was going on in the poem. in class, explicating every single obscure reference effectively killed it. still such a powerful opening though. his poems have lines you want to taste in your mouth, and repeat over and over like magical intonations, or write down covert...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    T. S. Eliot, who was a literary man who previously had faith in literary wisdom and social norms, I think discovered during World War I how useless lessons of wisdom and defined social mores were against processing the experience of massive wartime deaths and maiming. His personal tragedy of a very damaging marriage was also very difficult. In 'The Waste Land', I think Eliot was ranting at literature, society, religion and culture for failing to ...
  • Brian
    In college I read an author I loved and can't find him. He wrote in the 20's in prose, and they called him the street poet. He didn't rhyme but made you feel his words. I thought Eliot might be that one. I'm not sure if I read him then but the poem amazed me. The more I read and write the more I understand and the deeper the pleasure. I read Eliot a couple years ago and hated it. I read him again this week and read in awe. His words branch off in...
  • Emily O
    What can one say about The Waste Land that hasn't already been said? It's disjointed, difficult, long, and brilliant. Parts of it are confusing and grotesque (I'm looking at you, carbuncular young man) while other parts are strikingly painfully beautiful. It is laden with symbolism and references to everything under the sun. The only interpretation people can agree on is that something is terribly broken, though no-one can seem to agree on exactl...
  • Teresa Proença
    "Abril é o mês mais cruel, geraLilases da terra morta, misturaA memória e o desejo, agitaRaízes dormentes com chuva da Primavera.O Inverno aconchegou-nos, cobriuA terra com o esquecimento da neve, alimentouUma pequena vida com bolbos ressequidos.(...)Nas montanhas, aí sim sentimo-nos livres.Leio, quase toda a noite, e vou para o sul no Inverno.Que raízes se prendem, que ramos crescemNeste entulho pedregoso? Filho do homem,Não consegues diz...
  • Davide
    Limerick della terra desolata(ispirati da Wendy Cope)I In aprile non sei mai contentoTerra arsa dal sole e spaventoVeggenti stressantiPendolari opprimentiVedo Stetson: gli pianto un lamento!IILei sedeva su un trono stupendoScintillava, i capelli pulendoDomandava risposteFeci poche proposteTristi come Al e Lil: un tormento.IIIIl Tamigi e le ossa ed i ratti.Sbircia Tìresia i letti disfattiL’impiegata copertaSuona musica espertaWei la la. S’ing...
  • Roya
    نکته ی بارز این کتاب اینه که ... "صفحه ی آخر نداره!" یا حداقل کتاب من، صفحه ی آخرش چاپ نشده و نمی دونم دیوانه کننده تر از این هم چیزی هست؟ حالا بالاخره درد هیزل و گاس رو وقت خوندن کتاب جناب پیتر فن هوتن درک می کنم، مسخره استبه غیر از این نکته ی "بارز"، باید ...
  • Maria Thomarey
    4,5;. Μεγάλη η διαφωνία μου για τη μετάφραση του τιτλου.
  • Chris
    In summary: the poem is aptly titled if ‘waste’ is the colloquial ‘to poop on’, and ‘land’ means ‘my time’.Okay, so this has been on my reading list for a while. It was supposed to be so good. Its legend preceded it, and it had a lot to live up to, judging from many literature buffs . Some have referred to this poem as an embodiment of the zeitgeist of the 20th century. Besides being a poet and writer, T.S. Eliot was a literary cr...
  • Laurel Hicks
    Ars PoeticaA poem should be palpable and muteAs a globed fruitDumbAs old medallions to the thumbSilent as the sleeve-worn stoneOf casement ledges where the moss has grown -A poem should be wordlessAs the flight of birdsA poem should be motionless in timeAs the moon climbsLeaving, as the moon releasesTwig by twig the night-entangled trees,Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,Memory by memory the mind -A poem should be motionless in timeAs...