Ensuring Abiding Peace: A Re reading of The Wasteland
Often hailed as the most significant poem of the 20th century, Eliotâ€™s The Wasteland is an anguished cry of a soul in torment as it confronts a world falling apart. The poem that is nineteen pages long and of text brimming with symbols, images and references, voices the horror of the catastrophe of the I World War.
Eliot uses his immense scholarship and craftsmanship to paint a multidimensional picture of the world, showcasing the pastness of the past and its presence, finding parallels in history and geography and the contrasts therein. Then they all converge towards a crescendo, lamenting the loss of a bygone world of peace and universal brotherhood.