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  • Series: Broadview Anthology of British Literature
  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Broadview Press; Reprint edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551119684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551119687
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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After sitting through T.S. Eliot's reading of "The Waste Land," listeners may be inclined to hang up the earphones for a spell. There are no flaws to Eliot's steady-toned interpretation; in fact, his delivery is quite remarkable in its ability to match the poem's constant, somber mood. It's just that 25-plus minutes of Eliot's desolate landscapes--rendered even more real by the author's incessant tones--can wear on the emotions.

In addition to the full-length version of "The Waste Land," this recording includes Eliot's stirring narration of "The Hollow Men," "Sweeney Among the Nightingales," and "Macavity the Mystery Cat." Listen to Eliot read from "The Waste Land." Visit our audio help page for more information. (Running time: 47 minutes, 1 cassette) --Rob McDonald --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Along with the two title pieces, this collection includes "Portrait of a Lady," "Rhapsody on a Windy Night," "Gerontion," and numerous other Eliot greats. To have these poems in a single volume that costs roughly the price of a candy bar is nothing less than a miracle. (Classic Returns, LJ 12/98)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The Wasteland is one of the landmark poems of western literature.
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As a Hebrew writer and publisher I read T.S. Eliot in Hebrew translation and love to read original The Waste Land in English.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Enlightenment Man on October 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this edition by Penguin to be very useful for a casual reading. The notes on the poems, in particular "the Waste Land," are detailed enough to give the reader a perception of Eliot's vast literary knowledge and its effect on his poems. However, the notes are inadequate if your purpose is to deeply understand the background of Eliot's complex and difficult poetry. So if you are looking for deep insights, I would recommend the Norton Critical Edition. For the normal reader, this is satisfying and straightforward.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "cailleachx" on April 9, 2001
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T.S. Eliot wrote "The Waste Land" against the backdrop of a world gone mad-- searching for reason inside chaos, and striving to build an ark of words by which future generations could learn what had gone before, T.S. Eliot explores that greatest of human melancholy-- disillusionment. This is a difficult poem, but one well-worth exploring to its fullest. The inherent rhythms of Eliot's speech, the delightful, though sometimes obscure, allusions, and intricate word-craft, create an atmosphere of civilization on the edge-- in danger of forgetting its past, and therefore repeating it. In the end, only the poet is left, to admonish the world to peace, to preserve the ruins of the old life, and to ensure that future generations benefit from the disillusions of the past.
"Prufrock" is perhaps the best "mid-life crisis" poem ever written. In witty, though self-deprecating and often downright bitter, tones, Eliot goes on a madcap but infinitely somber romp through the human mind. This is a poem of contradictions, of repression, of human fear, and human self-defeat. Technically, "Prufrock" is brilliant, with a varied and intricate style suited to the themes of madness, love, and self-doubt.
Buy this. You won't regret it. If you're an Eliot fan, you probably have it anyway. If you're not, you will be when you put it down.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Woods on March 20, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I don't know what the description of the book is referring to or what the other reviewers are talking about. This is just the text of The Waste Land, with no notes, no translations of the parts that aren't in English and no other poems. It isn't even formatted correctly - there are a handful of notes that have been left in the text of the poem. This is a poem with a lot of layers to it and some explanation is standard. This edition has none. Do yourself a favor and don't buy it.

I only spent 49 cents on this but I still feel ripped off.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "Disappointed" on November 21, 2007
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The Waste Land

From the listing this item appears to be a recording of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, read by the poet himself; but it's not, it's a performance by another reader, and therefore it had (to me) no interest; it was not what I wanted or needed. I suggest that the product description should be made clearer, so that other customers do not make the same mistake.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Stilwell on May 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
I remember when I first read through some parts of 'The Wasteland' when I was a teenager. I basically didn't get any of it, yet there was something that vividly burned itself in my mind. All that I could remember from the first reading was the departure of some nymphs and wind crossing brown land, a slimy rat's belly dragging across a bank, and some sailor on the bed of the sea being picked apart by a deep sea current. But it wasn't just the images that stuck; there was something else. What stuck, I think, is the 'visionary' quality some people refer to as being 'cinematic'. The writing in the poem has a way of getting you to view a whole assortment of apparently disconnected events as though you were a disembodied spirit -unnoticed, but there, listening in. I've read the poem quite a few more times since then, and you begin to notice the overall structure. When the poem gets to the last part, 'What the Thunder said', there is this transition that is at once magnificent, sobering, yet somewhat hallucinatory and disturbing. This part always gets me:

"Who is the third who walks always beside you?

When I count, there are only you and I together

But when I look ahead up the white road

There is always another walking beside you

Gliding wrapt in a brown mantle, hooded

I do not know whether a man or a woman

-But who is that on the other side of you?"

'The Wasteland' is perhaps the least 'telly' of Eliot's work.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M. Murrell on January 30, 2011
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Why oh why are the lines of this poem arranged so they run one after another like prose? It is not set like it should be, with lines on their own and arranged in proper stanzas; it's all mushed together in a series of run-on paragraphs. Absolutely horrible.
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Probably no twentieth century poet has had a more profound or lasting influence than T. S. Eliot. Poets like Ezra Pound began moving away from Victorian formalism before, but works like "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Waste Land" changed the very idea of what poetry could be so dramatically and thoroughly that the medium has never since been the same. Eliot definitively proved that none of the poetic devices that had dominated English poetry for centuries - rhyme, regular meter, etc. - were necessary. He could deploy them at least as well as any poet of his age but was more famous and influential for boldly dropping them in favor of a truly modern style masterfully reflecting twentieth century uneasiness and uncertainty. Eliot steered poetry away from its historical tendency to focus on relatively light subjects suited for lyricism - nature, love, etc. - toward philosophical and other complex issues, proving that it could be as substantial a medium for such things as any other. He also had a vast influence in other ways, not least in making poetry - and, indeed, literature - more densely allusive than ever and thus less accessible. The incredible popularity of nineteenth century English poets like Lord Byron and Alfred Tennyson could never really happen again, as he pioneered what became known as high art. Under his influence, poetry - and, to a large extent, literature itself - became ever more obscure and challenging and, for better or worse, read by fewer and fewer people. It is no exaggeration to say that every poet who has written in English since - as well as many other languages - has had to deal with Eliot in various ways, especially The Waste Land. He has been imitated numerous times but never equaled and also lead many to deliberately write in an anti-Eliot manner.Read more ›
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