Tag Archives: Waste Land

T. S. Eliot, Hope for the Suicidal

In a guest post, novelist Lauren B. Davis draws on Eliot’s “Waste Land” and “Four Quartets” to deal with the suicides of her two brothers and find a way forward.

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The Third Who Walks Always Beside You

Rowan Williams has a powerful poem about the Road to Emmaus in which he tries to capture the tangible-yet-intangible quality of Jesus in our lives. He may be dialoguing with T. S. Eliot’s own use of the episode in “The Waste Land.”

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Lit As a Framework for Exploring Death

Paul Kalinithi turned to existential writers as he attempted to understand the fact that he was dying. He arrived at a more spiritual understanding than he anticipated.

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Reading Lit To Find the Meaning of Life

Paul Kalinithi moves between neuroscience and literature as he tries to understand the meaning of life and death, including his own terminal disease.

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Who Is the Third Always Beside You?

Eliot’s reference to the Road to Emmaus story in “The Wasteland” may be sign of hope rather than despair.

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Here Is No Water but Only Rock

Dry rocks have functioned as images of spiritual desolation throughout the history of Good Friday poetry.

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Hope Out of a Dry Bones Wasteland

In “The Waste Land,” Eliot alludes to Ezekiel’s valley of dry bones multiple times.

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Langston Hughes, Profound Conversations

Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” opened up a profound conversation with our building’s housekeeping staff.

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Obama’s Love Affair with “Waste Land”

Obama’s youthful love letters see him moving seamlessly between great ideas and sexual desire.

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