Category Archives: The Waste Land

Eliot’s Midrash on Augustine and the Buddha

The third section of T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Waste Land,” is titled, “The Fire Sermon,” after a famous discourse attributed to the Buddha, in which the sage maintains that all sensibles and sense experiences, indeed every act of consciousness, are aflame with … Continue reading

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Eliot’s Inferno

In The Waste Land, Eliot observes, “Unreal City / Under the brown fog of a winter dawn, / A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, / I had not thought death had undone so many” (lines 6o-3). The last … Continue reading

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