Thanks for the link to a fascinating discourse on The Waste Land.
However, here, as so often elsewhere, what is easily lost sight of is the double role the fragments play in this condensed epic. Derived from a wide variety of sources in literature, religion and myth, these do on the one hand, justly and fittingly, signify the splinters of a shattered civilization. Quite remarkably, though, these do end up reinforcing each other thematically -- the theme of a waste land. Like different musical notes in a symphony, these disparate voices in the poem work in tandem to create a coherence that is both rich and diverse. A certain, and essential, unity in diversity is what, IMHO, underscores the true beauty of this masterpiece.

--- On Fri, 4/30/10, Tom Gray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
English Professor Nick Mount examines T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. This lecture was part of the Literature for Our Time series at University of Toronto.