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Lest we miss out on the Excerpt from Paul Muldoon's Introduction, here's a link:

http://www.npr.org/books/titles/226566569/the-waste-land?tab=excerpt#excerpt

"One very useful way of thinking about the format of The Waste Land is as a night in a music hall, complete with snatches of music, overheard inconsequential conversations, impious ejaculations from male (and female), impersonators, impressionists. The more general milieu of the poem is one of political, cultural, and social upheaval, the literal upheaval caused by trench warfare, the literal sense of dismemberment, discontinuity, and dissociation that followed the Great War of 1914–1918."

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