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October 3, 2012 Do digital editions save the text from print? What are the +es and -es of digital presentation? T.S. Eliot - The Waste Land  First published in November 1922 in a magazine called The Dial  No footnotes in the first edition  His publisher asked for footnotes because he wanted a book version o Marketing purpose (Boni and Liveright)  Eliot didn’t like the notes but they became popular due to the obscurity o Vladimir Nabokov – Pale Fire  The Waste Land iPad app o You can read it and listen to it (from a bunch of different people) – poetry and the spoken word o Poetry rhymes because that makes it easier to remember o The printing press pushed poetry towards unrhymed blank verse  The Fire Sermon – “nymphs are departed” – there is no sound in the world that Eliot is writing in. This is a part divorced from sound.  Genre: o Three usual genres: (number of voices separate them) o Lyric – one speaker pouring out his or her heart o Narrative – one telling about others’ lives o Drama – a bunch of voices  People started to object to the lyric in Eliot’s and Woolf’s time o About the lyric (Mikhail Bakhtin) “The poet must complete a single- personed hegemony”  After The Waste Land, 1922, he started trying to write drama o Most famously contributed to “Cats” William Blake  Romantic Period – all about the imagination and senses o Anti-reason and anti-industrial  The idea that the individual can be in touch with something greater than his or her senses o The lowest common denominator between humans is that the sun is round and shiny and a yellow/orange o He was curious about the differences that some people take for granted and others believe something totally different The message of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell  Blake’s response to the Bible  “Good is Heaven. Evil is Hell” – Without contraries is no progression. Love and Hate, Reason and Energy, Sensory Data and Imagination, Mind and Body etc. (Everything opposite of the ‘good’ side is complete ‘evil’) o He is arguing that these things are completely separate but he wanted everything to be put on equal terms in conversation  Proverb from Hell: o You never know what is enoug
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