I am not an Eliot scholar but I am wanting to include Wasteland in a discussion
of two other regeneration myth poems: Robinson Jeffers Double Axe and Snyder's
Myths and Texts. I am wanting to make what is I am sure a far too neat
distinction between the three.It goes like this. I want to suggest that,
especially from an ecological point of view, that Eliots poem is the least
admirable. I will want to say that, brilliant modernist poetics aside, Eliots
conservative and religious sense sees the situation as hopeless. Thepoem is
essentially a death knell and demonstrates little environmental sense remaining,
as it does, an anthropocentric hymn. I want to suggest that where fire remains a
part of the process of renewal (not necessarily human renewal) in Snyder and
Jeffers that with Eliot it has a more all consuming spiritual quality. Eliot
points up and out I want to suggest, not being concerned with any biological
future if it doesnt contain a spiritually fulfilled human.
Summarizing questiuon: what role independent of the human spirit does ecological
nature have in the imaginative space of the Wasteland?