CR> Well, that is beside the point
(Sorry that Evans name got "autocorrected" to
Evens in my post)
The point is that, by botching the title, Mr. Evans shows a sloppiness that is abundantly evident throughout the article you called our attention to.
what TSE has to say about the title in a postscript to a 1928 letter to a
Spanish translator, Angel Flores (from "Letters, vol 4"):
To Angel Flores
22 February 1928 [
. . . . . . main letter . . .
Yours very truly,
[T. S. Eliot]
P.S. The title, by the way, is not 'The Wasteland' but 'The Waste Land'. The only exact translation of the title is one which my French translator, Jean de Menasce, discovered, although alas! too late to use in his version - 'La Gaste Lande'. This is absolutely the exact equivalent as it alludes to the same mediaeval fiction.
Now wasn't Eliot's poetry the provenance of these experiments?
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Experiment in Divination: Voice and CharacterThere is a curiosity that knowsI knowdeathless ceiling of unknowingI knowQuerent,Who I askis changingall the timechangingnow changed.How else is one to knowHow is one to know how to proceedthe course of actiona non-reflective surfacea playing card on a wooden picnic tablea knot of knowing on a node of playingHow is one to knowHow else is one to know how to proceedHow is one to make the motion againstAnd there's foreverand that's a mighty long time.
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About This Poem"This is one of a group or series of 'Experiments in Voice and Character'; it is either the first or the last, I haven't decided, but so far it is the only one that announces its thematic material in its title. The divinatory practice it concerns itself with is the reading of cards; it concerns itself with longing for an answer when we cannot have an answer, the intense longing that provokes a certainty that there is a way of knowing if only we had it. And then we do."--Rebecca Wolff
Most Recent Book by Wolff
(W. W. Norton, 2010)
August 7, 2013
Rebecca Wolff's third collection of poems is The King (W. W. Norton, 2010). Wolff is the founder and editor of the journal Fence. She lives in Athens, New York.
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