For this assignment, you want to show me how you can use Eliot’s “The Waste Land” to read modernist poetry and art. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Focus on one of our eight motifs from Eliot (time, fragments, wet/dry, exile, polyglossia, “unreal city,” zombie, identity) and – – using several concrete examples from throughout the poem – – explain how it works in “The Waste Land.” Label this section: “Time in ‘The Waste Land'” or “Polyglossia in ‘The Waste Land’,” etc. (2 pp./40 pts.)
- Locate this same motif in at least three other modernist/quasi-modernist texts (Frost, Millay, Pound, Stein, Williams, and at least one but no more than one painting from the Armory Show). Explain the similar and different ways that this text uses the motif from “The Waste Land.” Label this section: “Time in modernism,” or “Polyglossia in modernism,” etc. (2 pp./ 40 pts.)
- Answer the following question: based on your reading of “The Waste Land” and other modernist texts, why is this motif so important to modernism? Label this section: “The meaning of time” or “The meaning of polyglossia,” etc. (1 p./ 20 pts.)
This assignment will be due on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the beginning of class.