The Waste Land - Meaning/Hermeneutics

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The opening lines..
More general accessible than openings of Eliot's earlier poems
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Spring
the invocation of spring is broadly universal and cultural
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Invokes legend
Invokes legendary England as the Arthurian quest
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Language & Limits
conspicuously lacks the features of language which limit and define meanings
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Claustrophobic Heteroglossia
we don't identify with one character, but feel as though we are trapped in a crowd
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Collectively Damaged Psyche
Humanity's collectively damaged psyche prevented people from communicating
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Tiresias & Wholeness
Tiresias theoretically embodies wholeness
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T.S. Eliot and Hermeneutics
Harriet Davidson
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Waste & its Opposite
To waste also suggests the opposite of its adjectival form
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Plentitude Beyond Consumption
The poem is wasteful in excess
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The Poem Suggests Too Much
any attempt to define wastes other potential meanings
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Deferral of Meaning
Continual deferral of the origin of meaning
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T.S. Eliot, Knowledge and Experience
"Any assertion about the world will inevitably be an interpretation"
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Priviledge
No one thing seems privileged in the world as a central meaning
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the invocation of spring is broadly universal and cultural

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conspicuously lacks the features of language which limit and define meanings

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we don't identify with one character, but feel as though we are trapped in a crowd

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