Dear Nancy,

By 'design' you mean themes? Eliot is still taught in terms of the  
Fisher King myth, the Grail quest, and other leitmotifs. Formal and  
stylistic considerations can of course be considered separately from  
thematic content, the way sentences can be diagrammed, or paintings  
considered in terms of composition. 'Design' in the sense of the  
design of a building.


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On Apr 24, 2010, at 10:05 AM, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have not read it, but attempts to define a design were the major  
> way of reading it in the 1940s and 50s.  Does this say anything new?
> N
> >>> DIana Manister 04/24/10 9:15 AM >>>
> 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 title.
> Diana
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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