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Modern Malaises: A study of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land


Lovely, Research Scholar and Assistant Professor of English, BPSMV, Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat, Haryana, India

This paper seeks to examine modern malaises like the emptiness of mind, sexual perversion, alienation and fragmentation, spiritual barrenness, estrangement, disillusionment, and industrialization in the light of T. S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’. The poem explores how people have become uprooted and hopeless in their life routines. The poem was written in 1922 but reveals the real picture of the near future. In today’s world emotional and spiritual crises are the basic problems. Modern people do not have love, trust, hope, and morality. They are self-centered entrapped by the greed of money and power. T. S. Eliot suggests nourishing the dry roots of modern wasteland and regenerating a new and different world. An honest effort has been made to depict the real picture of today’s society, to deconstruct the polluted discourse of the modern world, and to look for the remedy of love, trust, hope and good deeds suggested by T. S. Eliot in his greatest poem, ‘The Waste Land’.

Keywords: Modern world, Fragmentation, Alienation, Emptiness of minds, Frustration, Spiritual crisis, Love, Good deeds


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How to Cite

MLA 9th Edition 

Lovely. “Modern Malaises: A Study of T. S. Eliot’s the Waste Land.” BL COLLEGE JOURNAL, vol. 5, no. 2, Dec. 2023, pp. 54-65.


APA 7th Edition

Lovely. (2023). Modern Malaises: A study of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. BL COLLEGE JOURNAL5(2), 54-65. 


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