March 22, 2017 – TS Eliot continued
“The Waste Land” cont’d
Physically alive, mentally alive
Nature revives yearly, cruel. Humans are just dying
“Son of man” – Ezekiel. – Biblical image number 1
“cricket no relief” – Ecclediastes - #2 – what happens while you age
o all of humanity has aged
Isaiah: King has no water. Hide under red rock for shade – Biblical image #3
o Hope, you have to find it
What happened to love in the Waste Land?
o So in love, but his response is nothing. Deprived of feeling.
Tristan and Isolde – Like R&J
There is nothing but a wide expanse of ocean
If it we can’t trust Bible and love, who can we trust? – Astrologer
o Phoenician Sailor – he represents the whole of the glory of the Phoenician soldier.
In the Waste Land, people just die and go nowhere
Not finding card – will there ever be regeneration?
o Walking around (echo of line 56)
o “death had undone so many” – from Dante’s Inferno
sees all people not quite in Hell – neither good enough for Heaven or bad
enough for Hell
this is the city of London. People going neither up nor down
o 1 circle of Hell – limbo
not the people from outside, but want tend to existence in limbo
o “Stetson” – unknown man. Possibly American/Businessman. Involved in war.
o “That corpse … sprout” – in waste land, if you bury fisher king, dogs will prevent
him from rising
Section II: A Game of Chess
2 plays from Elizabethan times
o chess as center image of conflict
o chess pieces appear, talk to each other. No winner, but lots of manipulation
Opening passage about Cleopa