I think the best way you could start is by reading some of Eliot's key
essays that address poetry in ways he was writing then: "Tradition and the
Individual Talent" and "Ulysses, Order, and Myth" might be the first. Both
are in the paperback selected prose. They set up key issues about the
way the world has lost tradition and needs to draw on fragments and can
reconstruct a kind of order. Then you might also read the article on Eliot in
Michael Levenson's _Cambridge Companion to Modernism_. It is by
James Longenbach, who is very good and also very readable. And you
could look at sections on those poems in books on Eliot, starting now and
going back. But study the poems on your own first, then go back to them
after reading Eliot and others.
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Subject: fragamentation in the wasteland
i'd like to do a paper on fragamentation in the
wasteland and in prufrock. i read if in both but it is
different in each of the poems. i'd be grateful if any
body has suggestions as to how i can go about it.
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