This page contains a list of words that I've seen used in books about The Waste Land. Mix 'em and match 'em and you have yourself a paper.
No, seriously, I really don't recommend your trying to string all these together in one report or theme paper. Your instructor might not recoginize the result as your own work (and you know what that means.) Instead, use this list to pick up a few new words to add to your vocabulary or to refresh your memory ("Oh, right, that's the word that I wanted to express how Eliot wanted us to feel.")
Then again, another use might be to use them on secret Buzzword Bingo cards to hand out before the English literature lecture. Be forewarned - don't get caught!
I plan to organize these buzzwords somewhat someday. Until then confusion rules.
allusion quotations knowledge difficult fragmented interpretation reading scenes styles rhythms moods connection narrative drama lyric original deceptive complex confusing images symbols mundane profane anquish suffering original fragments situations historic contrast ironic passages private intimate distance observations banal lust longing desire emotion personal impersonal commentatary comtemporary civilization, society, culture perspectives, views composed fascinating complete incomplete framework, stucture, form sections, parts, passages, sequence, lines, stanzas, cluster, elements material, pages, phrases, units, paragraphs, syllables, words, ideas variations on the themes modernism, symbolism readers, critics, reviewers synopsis puzzling edited iambic meter pattern recur, recurrant musical, lyrical underlaying properties concern clustered reappear identified associated linked representatives symbols awaited sensual disturbing human condition betray, betrayed, betraying pattern, rythym, stress, dominant, subordinate blank verse, couplets, iambic tetrameter free verse annotate creativity surprise interest alternating earlier examination impression purpose express death, decay, rot, rotten rebirth, resurrection, restoration, transformation, transforms, transfiguration, regeneration, generation, revivial oppressed demons, devils dream, nightmare burdened exorcism communicate descriptive published, wrote, drafted, rewrote, conceived contains incorporated understanding context meaning (historial context, symbolic meaning) eliminating satire, parody narrative, lyrics pattern degradation, vular, crude, imagery, horror (vular sex) song, medley, aria shifts and changes unify, rend protrayed revulsion, fear, horror, terror, horrible, terrible narrator, speaker, persona, voice, meditator, poet, protaganist, poet-protaganist, central conscience description realistic, surrealistic allude allure shift memories poem, work, opus love, desire, passion, lust situation memories weary urban constitutes, makes up, forms desolate, desolation, wasteland, desert, sterile, infertile, arid theraputic effective emphasis significance implication meditative range of meaning faith quest tone evoke enigma (matic) hysteria disconnected love persistent sources sexual situation, event, dramatic scenes, stream-of-consciousness humor puns unity prevailing (meaning, tone) change hope composite theme disturbing heat, drought, deluge, relief oracle, seer, prophet, herald, sybil, fortune-teller lost degrade fruitful, fertile, fertility, creativity cycle cylic characters empty crowds unease formal - informal repitition, variation, transfiguring Related to themes: major, minor, primary, secondary, plot, sub-plot, dominant, subordinate, central, peripheral, prominent focus experience dwell suggest pervasive characterize focus focused prominent sacred, holy, unholy, profane casual empty meets, encounters depicts, shows, illustrates, demostrates, protrays synopsis, summing up sustain, continue developing emotional physical sad ugly longing spiritual experience permeates sorrow restoration metaphorically, literally manifest Conditions of mind: madness, insanity, sanity, breakdown, ennui, emotions, feelings, aboulie, condition, emotional state, lustful guilt, remorse sterile conclusion purgation destructive transforms relieves revives intriguing phrase speech soul regrets fooly hope torture torturous tired indentifiable edition volume hysteria portrait composition examination dependence decadence marriage penetration introduction confessional biographical enigmatic epigraph_epigram misunderstood cheap lush paralysis destructive loveless physic_wound bitterness anguish poignant_memory situation juncture suggests suggesting suggestive suggestiveness loss conjured abandoned victims hurt terrible hurt conceived anatomy body inspiration comprehended reference repulsion-attraction attachment intimacy spiritual poetic represent inaccessible paralysis relationships (man-man man-woman woman-woman) profoundly identifying conjectural deceive emotional establish connected revelation biographical appearance chant song cluster intense irony ironic ironically squirrel tortuous twisting winding indirect oblique obscure tortuousity inevitable acute drawing_on submerging opaque transparent resentment washed path mythology conflict, battle harmony, unification thrust representative meaningless committed unspeakable suggestion cleansing, purification experience imagination-imaginative- transfiguration obscure tenuous inspired satisfying (in) comprehended repellent linked pollution profession exhaustion evokes evocatitive impact depth breadth descriptive central_consciousness essence tired embody express art obsevation remarkable critical vague statement discover conceal reveal quote extreme apparent revulsion disabling inhibition
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