The Waste Land

Absence & Connections

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Stabilising force
a world defined by the absence of a central stabilising force; logic, God, empirical certainty
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Centre and Order
Without a centre, the world has no order
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The situation...
is one of 'being-in-the-world'
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Absense of Essence
in the absence of essence, self & world define each other diacritically
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Begins with Paradox...
most basic to human experience - the interdependence of life & death
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'Heap of Broken Images'
rather than understood as a whole
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Ends in..
ultimate resignation - 'shantih, shantih, shantih'
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Shantih Shantih Shantih =
the peace that passeth understanding
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Absence & Connections
makes the reader experience the absence of expected connections
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Absence of Consciousness
Does not have a controlling consciousness - the absence is a powerful and disturbing one
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Tiresias & Consciousness
immortal man/woman; his consciousness unlike anything we could know
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Graham Heugh
Tiresias functions not as a single human consciousness, but as a mythological catch-all - a unifying factor of no effect
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Ezra Pound
the poem is an 'emotional unit'
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Nostalgia
makes it impossible due to the blending of past and present
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Poet Absorbed in Object
It is the cultural world that speaks, not a persona
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Without a centre, the world has no order

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Centre and Order

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is one of 'being-in-the-world'

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in the absence of essence, self & world define each other diacritically

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most basic to human experience - the interdependence of life & death

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