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Five Parts of Waste Land
Roll No :- 08 M.A. Sem :- 3 Year :- 2015-16
Paper :- 09 The Modernist Literature
Submitted to :-
Department of English
Thomas Steams Eliot was
born in St.Louis, Missouri,
on September 26,1888. His
First book of poems,
Prufrock and other
observation, was published
in 1917, and immediately
established him as a leading
poet of the avant-garde.
As a poet, he transmuted his affinity for
the English metaphysical poets of the
His poem in many respects articulated the
disillusionment of a younger post-
world war 1 generation with the
convention both literary and social of
the Victorian ear. T.S. Eliot received the
Nobel prize for literature in 1948. He
died in London on January 04,1965.
The Waste land it’s a epic poem. A poem made of collage of
images. In ‘The Waste land’ Image and symbol take in city life.
T. S Eliot represent the city life people living style. Eliot use
complex language and also use mythical technique in the ‘The
Waste Land’. Poem divided in five parts. Five parts like this :
Five parts of Waste Land
The Burial of the Dead
A Game Of Chess
The Fire Sermon
Death By Water
What the thunder Said
The Burial of the Dead
The first part of the poem the poem is
‘The Burial of the Dead.’ The poem’s
speaker talk about how spring is an a
Horrible time of year stirring up
memories of a bygone days and
unfulfilled desires. The first part The
Burial of the dead stars with this line
April is the cruellest month breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain……..
In this lines unknown speaker claims that April is the
cruelest month, even though we might usually thinking of
spring as a time of love. This section title from a line in the
Anglican burial service. These recollection from Wagner’s
operatic version of Tristan and Isolate an Arthurian take of
adultery and loss.
A Game of Chess
This section takes its title from two plays by
the early 17th century playwright
Thomas Middleton, in one of which the
move in a game of chess denote stages
This part start with like this lines:
The chair she sat in, like a burnished
Glowed in the marble, where the glass,
Held up by standardats wrought with
This part opens with a description of a woman sitting inside a
really expensive room. Eliot vividly paints a picture of someone
sitting on the bank of the famous Thames river in Landon.
Although Eliot is able to produce starting beautiful poetry from
the rough speech of the women in bar he nevertheless
present their conversation as reason for pessimism.
The Fire Sermon
The title of this, the longest section of the poem .This part start
with like this lines:
‘The river’s tent is broken: the last
fingers of leaf.
Clutch and sink into the wet bank, the wind.
Crosses the branch land, unheard
the nymphs are departed.’……
This section opens with a desolate riverside scene: Rats and
garbage surround the speaker, who is fishing and ‘musing on
the king my brother’s wreck.’ The Fire Sermon however, also
includes bits of many musical pieces, including Spenser’s
wedding song, a soldier’s ballad a nightingale’s chirps, a song
from Oliver Goldsmith’s The Vicar of Wake filed, and a mandolin
Death by Water
This part is shortest of section in the poem. This
describes a man, Phlebas the Phoenician who
apparently by drowning. This part start like lines
‘Phelbas the Phoenician a fortnight dead,
Forget the cry of gulls, and the deep sea
And the profit and loss………’
This lines tells us that some guy named Phlebas the
Phoenician is the one who’s been killed by water. He’s been
dead for two weeks, or a fortnight.
What the thunder said
The final section of the poem opening is
from the crucifixion of Christ.This section
start like this lines:
‘After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens ,
After the agony in stony places
The shouting and the crying’……..
These lines in particular refer to the moment that has come after
death of Christ, but before his rebirth on Easter Sunday. The scene
then shifts to the Ganges, half a world away from Europe, where
In this poem Thunder Speak this three words :-
According to these fables, the thunder “gives “, “sympathizes” and
“controls” through out’s “speech”. Eliot launches into a meditation on
each of these aspects of the thunder’s power.