These must be the most familiar opening lines of any poem in the twentieth century.

Anthony Hecht The First Eighteen Lines of The Waste Land

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The Waste Land at 100

Eliot Among the Ruins

The Waste Land remains prophetic, but what did it foretell?
Langdon Hammer
December 12, 2022

"The Waste Land" Revisited

Helen Vendler
December 1, 1990

Ash-Wednesday

Richard Wilbur
December 1, 1989

Revisionists Revised

Louis Menand
October 1, 1984