Exploring The Waste Land
An allusion page linked from The Waste Land, Part I, line 64

Canto IV
Dante Alighieri

In The Waste Land the line

64)  Sighs, short and infrequent, were exhaled,

is an allusion to Dante Alighieri's poem Inferno, Canto IV, verses 25-27.

The lines from Dante quoted by Eliot in his note for this line can be translated as:

Here, as mine ear could note, no plaint was heard
Except of sighs, that made th' eternal air

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T 30 - Dante
T 34 - Divine Comedy, The

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