Is there anywhere on the net I can find a complete, authorised version of The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot - with notes. I haven't been able to find one and I am sure there is plenty of details in the poem that I will not be able to understand and see and grasp without notes.
Thanks in advance.
There are tons of details that you will need notes for. There are lots of stuff online, but you still have to dig it out because it is thick.
Thanks. My teacher couldn't emphasise enough how incredible this poem is. He was literally rendered speechless, it seemed. We didn't do it in class but he mentioned it because we briefly came across T.S. Eliot. He declared it the best piece of poetry EVER WRITTEN. Will you go as far? It seems that a lot of scholars are in agreement here (or so he said).
It must be available in the right bookstores, right? -with notes, that is. All I know about it, really, is its reference to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in the first line.
Let me hear your opinions on the work - is it all it's cracked up to be ;-) ?
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I haven't read all the poetry ever written, or even come close to a fraction of it, but in my humble opinion, it is definitly a contestant. But it all depends on your style. I also really like the Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock. I wrote a paper about it last year, and really delved into it. It has a similar theme to Wasteland and shorter, easier to digest. Maybe you should give it a try first, for warm-ups.
Thanks for all that - and the advice.
If one is to realy "get into" a poem you would not go wrong with Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; for my ear he starts nicely, but then TS gets a bit too chatty and esoteric to ring any bells for me.