The Waste Land and Other Writings : and Other Writings Paperback
by T. S. Eliot
Part of the Modern Library series
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc
- Publication Date: 01/01/2002
- Category: Poetry
- ISBN: 9780375759345
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Review by joririchardson
T.S. Eliot is truly a master of poetry. His style of dark, depressing prose, gorgeous description, veiled mysterious hidden meaning, and sharply witty satire is amazing.While some of my favorite poets have earned my respect from pretty writing, T.S. Eliot twists blackness, madness, and desperation into shining beacons of lyrical beauty.I also love how Eliot so frequently references other literary characters, especially Shakespeare. He also shows echoes of Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Marlowe, Emerson, the Bible, Arthurian Legend, Classical Greek, Shelley, Middleton, even Chopin, amongst others. These reflected acknowledgments to his heroes influence his writing deeply, and make it seem far more literary and relevant.His satire is clear and intelligent. I especially admired his short poem "The Hippopotamus," in which he compared the animal to the Roman Catholic Church.I cannot say that I had a favorite poem, as they were all brilliant. This is a perfect collection of Eliot's work.One of my favorite poets and thinkers of all time.