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A Flight from Personal to Universal T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land


Dr. Neelam Rani, Associate Professor and Head, Department of English, I B (PG) College Panipat, Haryana, India


T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’, a multifaceted piece of art has five parts comprising 433 lines which not only throws light on the mechanical, immoral, and untraditional life of the wastelanders but also suggests the way to salvation. Eliot started spewing quotes like a mentally disturbed person and created a very lengthy work. This original draft was edited by Ezra Pound who has cut almost half the portion of this social document. It is worthwhile to search how Eliot presents the real picture of modern society through these personal sufferings. Interestingly, Eliot with the help of Ezra Pound universalizes his pains and agonies through references, allusions, and quotes from the past. In reality, the first three sections of this long poem spotlight human miseries due to a lack of moral and spiritual values. Surprisingly, these tribulations are still prevalent in society even after 100 years of the publication of this masterpiece of Eliot. At the same time, the valuable suggestions from the last two parts especially the last are relevant in the present scenario also. It is worth mentioning that even today after a century, Eliot’s views of self-purification and self-discipline are noticeable as they can lead to a good moral society if each individual purifies and disciplines himself. In other words, the present paper is an attempt to draw that the study of the past can derive a solution for a better future for the whole world including every individual.

Keywords: Spewing, Agonies, Universalization, Self-purification, Self-discipline


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How to Cite

MLA 9th Edition 

Rani, Neelam. “A Flight From Personal to Universal T. S. Eliot’s the Waste Land.” BL COLLEGE JOURNAL, vol. 5, no. 2, Dec. 2023. 


APA 7th Edition 

Rani, N. (2023). A Flight from Personal to Universal T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. BL COLLEGE JOURNAL5(2).


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