Dear CR,

"Design" in this title seems to mean "intention" rather than  
structure.  The jacket blurb suggests that the book focusses on  
thematic content, such as the quest element, etc. rather than the  
poem's architecture. Not that they can be completely separated, of  
course, but "Themes of The Wasteland" would seem to be a more accurate  


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On Apr 23, 2010, at 10:40 PM, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The Design of The Waste Land
> By Burton Blistein
> University Press of America, 2008.
> Book overview
> "The Design of "The Waste Land" offers a detailed, comprehensive  
> explanation of
> T. S. Eliot's enigmatic poem. It relates The Waste Land to earlier  
> and later poems
> by Eliot, demonstrating that the major poems describe a continuous  
> spiritual odyssey
> or quest undertaken by the same individual, initiated by the moment  
> of ecstasy in
> the Hyacinth garden." "Blistein's analysis of Eliot's sources  
> reveals that the
> protagonist's glimpse of "the heart of light" is equivalent to  
> drinking from the Grail, or communing with God. The incarnate deity  
> momentarily transforms the Hyacinth garden into the likeness of the  
> Edenic paradise. With the inevitable passing of the moment of  
> communion, the protagonist in effect is expelled from the  
> paradisiacal garden as mankind was from Eden. By contrast, the  
> familiar world appears to him a wasteland. The protagonist seeks to  
> drink again from the divine Source and return again to the garden as  
> it was when transfigured by the divine presence. His is a quest for  
> grail and homeland."--BOOK JACKET.
> CR