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03-31-08 Gillian Goodhue No. 5 Section : I. The Burial of the Dead Lines : 1-4 Passage : “April is the cruelest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.” Explanation : The footnote following “Lilacs out of the dead land” tells us that this is in reference to the “mythical and ritualistic burial and resurrection of gods,” which in addition to the simple yet descriptive physical imagery in this passage creates the sense of a wasteland. Section : II. A Game of Chess Lines : 86-93 Passage : “In vials of ivory and coloured glass Unstoppered, lurked her strange synthetic perfumes, Unguent, powdered, or liquid-troubled, confused And downed the sense in odours; stirred by the air That freshened from the window, these ascended In flattening the prolonged candle-flames, Flung their smoke into the laquearia, Stirring the pattern on the coffered
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Unformatted text preview: ceiling.” Explanation : This passage creates a quite morbid feeling not only through the use of certain verbs, such as “lurked,” “downed,” “flung,” and “stirring,” but also through the reference to the scene of the feast after which the queen Aeneas, overcome by incredible passion, commits suicide. Section : III. The Fire Sermon Lines : 175-179 Passage : “The nymphs are departed. Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song. The river bears no empty bottles, sandwich papers, Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends Or other testimony of summer nights. The nymphs are departed.” Explanation : With the theme of a wasteland throughout, one might expect many of these things to be in the river, but this passage shows that although the scenery may not depict this theme, the absence of the good feeling that once resided there does....
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