Exploring The Waste Land
A draft page linked from The Waste Land, Part IV

In the draft of The Waste Land

Ezra Pound had Eliot remove the first 82 lines of Death by Water

Briefly, they describe a sailor on shore and then a ocean voyage where disaster after disaster strikes. The boat ends up running into some ice floes and sinking.

The lines just prior to those of Phlebas the Phoenician are:


And dead ahead we saw, where sky and sea should meet,
A line, a white line, a long white line,
A wall, a barrier, towards which we drove.
My God man theres bears on it.
Not a chance.     Home and Mother.
Wheres a cocktail shaker, Ben, heres plenty of cracked ice.

And if Another knows, I know I know not,
Who only know that there is no more noise now.

Citation:  "The Facsimile"   pp. 62-69

Exploring The Waste Land
File name: dq0IV.html
File date: Sunday, September 29, 2002
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