Friday, February 8, 2013
Elliot's use of different religions and beliefs in his Waste Land
While reading the poem, I thought back to the handout that we read a few days ago by Jesse Weston, "From Ritual to Romance." She says in the handout that "to determine the origin of the Grail, not to discuss the provenance and interrelation of the different versions" is what is important. I think that we also see this approach through Elliot in his Waste Land. For example, we see many Christian influences in his poem as well as mentioning of Buddha's Fire Sermon and What the Thunder Said. Fire is often mentioned in the poem whether it have a relation to Christianity or a rejection of desire through Buddha. No matter what religion is mentioned, it is important to remember that Elliot's goal was not for all the religions to agree with each other, but to serve his purpose of explaining his poem, The Waste Land.