I think if you read his letters and less available prose at the time it
is clear that the war was a powerful influence, not tacked on at all.
On 26 Nov 2002, at 21:06, Rickard A. Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Carrol Cox wrote:
> > I suspect the Wasteland is a poem in which the significance that some
> > (many / most) readers have found (still find) in it absorbs whatever
> > meaning it might have or have had. The poem was made possible, whether
> > or not Eliot (consciously or unconsciously)so so intended it, by the
> > vast irreality and illegitimacy of the slaughter of the Great War.
> I think the meaning of the poem was personal to Eliot and was his
> way of coping with the problems in his life and what he saw as his
> poetic well drying up ("empty cisterns"). Others tacked the war onto
> Rick Parker