Tom Bair

Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 5

by Tom Bair Poetry and Poetics
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“The Waste Land” is most usually and most persuasively read as a satire.

Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 4

by Tom Bair Poetry and Poetics
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“The Waste Land” has always begged its readers to multitask, to make leaps, to be both attentive and creative readers.

Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 3

by Tom Bair Poetry and Poetics
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The notes that position Eliot the person in various locales, should be read as a concession from Eliot. The impersonal poetry in impossible.

Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 2

by Tom Bair Poetry and Poetics
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More, the poem’s resolution enables professors to flee its fragments without worry.

Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 1

by Tom Bair Poetry and Poetics
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Eliot out-dueled the English until they erected his memorial in Westminster Abbey next to the graves of Dryden, Tennyson, and Browning; men Eliot spent his life burying.