Blogging The Waste Land—The Master Index of Posts

Blogging The Waste Land—The Master Index of Posts

photo here: “Cross… Crosses… just after the sunset at the Manapadu beach, Tuticorin District, Tamilnadu, India.”

I’ve realized that my Waste Land series is going to get long and unwieldy in terms of people trying to navigate through the posts chronologically, so I decided that the best way to make them work is to link each individual post to this index post, which will be a sort of Table of Contents for all my Waste Land posts.

First, here is a link to the full text of the poem online (with commentary and hyperlinks) and here is a second version with full text and footnotes and hyperlinked commentary and cross references. The first site is, I think, more readable; but the second site has a lot of great resources.

  1. Blogging The Waste Land—In which I introduce the series and give a little background information
  2. T.S. Eliot and the Last Crusade—Blogging the Waste Land Part 2—In which I discuss the significance of the title of the poem and especially the Grail myth.
  3. Blogging The Waste Land Part 3—Epigraph and Dedication—Yes, it really is an entire blog post about the Latin (and Greek) epigraph and the Italian dedication to Ezra Pound.
  4. April Is The Cruelest Month—Blogging the Waste Land Part 4—In which we look at the first four lines. And discuss Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
  5. Winter Kept Us Warm—Blogging The Waste Land Part 5—In which we look at lines 5-7.
  6. Summer Surprised Us—Blogging The Waste Land Part 6—In which we discuss lines 8-12.
  7. And When We Were Children—Blogging The Waste Land Part 7—Lines 13-18
  8. What Are the Roots that Clutch—Blogging The Waste Land Part 8—Lines 19-30
  9. Fresh Blows the Wind—Blogging The Waste Land Part 9—Lines 31-34
  10. You Gave Me Hyacinths—Blogging The Waste Land Part 10—Lines 35-42
  11. Madame Sosostris Famous Clairvoyante—Blogging The Waste Land Part 11—Lines 43-46

I really want this list to make it easy to access this series and to navigate among these posts. If you have any suggestions about how I can format this list to make it easier to read and navigate, please leave me a comment below.


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