The Waste Land SECTION I (“Burial of the Dead”)—T.S. Eliot review The Waste Land SECTION I (“Burial of the Dead”)—T.S. Eliot
(1) What is Eliot’s “mythic method”? Discuss briefly an example of it from section I? [5 points] [ a paragraph]
(2) Below are two excerpts from two consecutive passages/fragments, the first excerpt followed by the second. Discuss at least 3 to 4 things (like the subject, tone, etc.,) that change when we get to the second fragment. [5 points] [ a paragraph]
Excerpt 1 from the first passage in section I:
And when we were children, staying at the arch-duke’s,
My cousin’s, he took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
The Waste Land SECTION I (“Burial of the Dead”)—T.S. Eliot review
Excerpt 2 from the second passage in section I:
What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,7
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,8
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
“Some things that fly there be –” (Emily Dickinson)
(3)In the third stanza, Dickinson sums up the first 2 stanzas with which two words? [1 point]
(4)What theological significance do these 2 words have in the context of the poem? [3 points] [ a few sentences]
“I never lost as much but twice” (Emily Dickinson)
(5)How is the sense of “continued blessing” separate from the “sense of being cheated by God”? Is the separation convincing? [5 points] [ a paragraph]
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