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Granting that "underpin" is not a very exact word here, the "state of 
mind" in which the pearl of the poem is produced is not the process that 
produces the poem. What's central to the poem as poem is that process.

Ken A

On 11/12/2011 7:51 AM, Rickard A. Parker wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:30:57 -0600, Carrol Cox<[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>
>> What underpins TWL?
>> The poet's nervous breakdown reflecting the nervous breakdown of Europe into
>> the Insanity of 1914.
> Eliot, in a private paper, written in his sixties, confessed: "I came to
> persuade myself that I was in love with Vivienne simply because I wanted to
> burn my boats and commit myself to staying in England. And she persuaded
> herself (also under the influence of Pound) that she would save the poet by
> keeping him in England. To her, the marriage brought no happiness. To me, it
> brought the state of mind out of which came The Waste Land."
>