MODERN WASTELANDERS AND THE LIVING DEAD IN T.S. ELIOT’S ‘THE WASTELAND’

Authors

DR. LEEMA DHAR, GUEST LECTURER

Abstract

Nobel Prize Winner, T.S. Eliot highlighted the degeneration and spiritual infertility in his landmark poem The Wasteland which changed the course of contemporary poetry. He explored various myths legends, Hindu Upanishad and opened an arena of vast knowledge boxed in a long poem. The fragments of each of the four sections form a distinguished whole that shows humanity the right path towards achieving salvation and giving life its meaning. This paper aims to study the various aspects in this poem that give the readers an insight into the mechanical modern life and the devastation and damage that man has brought upon himself and Mother Nature.