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ERIC Number: EJ1127344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2203-4714
"The Waste Land": Eliot's Expiatory Pilgrimage from Church to Pagoda
Kuriakose, John
Advances in Language and Literary Studies, v7 n4 p158-166 Aug 2016
Eliot's poem "The Waste Land" is a pilgrimage in quest of an answer to the problem of desire--universal as well as personal--especially deviant sexuality, immoral behavior and their consequences. The traditional tags on the poem such as "a poem about Europe" and a poem about the "disillusionment of a generation" serve only to blinker the reader against its universal and spiritual dimensions. From the epigraph to the very concluding line of the poem, through numerous references and allusions to literary masterpieces and religious texts ranging over history, Eliot addresses the question of desire--craving--in view of the essentials of Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. Thrashing out the problem in the light of St. Augustine's "Confessions" on burning and Buddha's "Fire Sermon" on its remedy, Eliot preaches "Datta," "Dayadhvam" and "Damyata" as the key virtues for the attainment of "Shantih" or "the peace that passeth understanding." Thus the poem becomes a pilgrimage of Eliot across the spiritual landscape of the world.
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Language: English
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