T. S. Eliot was one of the greatest poets of his time and even today people refer to his masterpieces in the form of poems. “The Waste Land” is just one of his master pieces. The poem was published in the year 1922. This is one book which is admired by almost all his fans. This particular poem is a long piece of writing in which T. S. Eliot has taken inspiration from Hindu Upanishads and Buddhism. The poem is divided into five different sections:
- The Burial of The Dead: This particular section of the legendary poem talks about hopelessness, distress, and disappointment.
- A Game of Chess: This section depicts a woman and many believe that here T. S. Eliot is depicting his wife Vivienne as the woman sitting on the “burnished throne”. This part of the poem talks about strains in the personal relationship, violence, and tragedy. Many people say that his wife requested some changes in this part of the poem as she felt that it was too revealing.
- The Fire Sermon: This section basically has taken inspiration from some of the musical pieces of that time. It has more rhythm and displays some cultural activities of those times as well.
- Death by Water: This is basically the smallest section of this whole piece written by T. S. Eliot. As the name suggests, here the poet has depicted death by drowning. Phlebas the Phoenician has died and it’s been almost two weeks. This section states that now this sailor is beyond worldly things and the sea creatures have picked up his body parts. It is said that this particular section of T. S. Eliot’s book is the most organized one.
- What the Thunder Said: Chants, children songs and the world of Ganges, Holy Grail is captured in this section.
This is definitely a must read for all poem lovers.