Exploring The Waste Land
A note page linked from The Waste Land, Part V

Eliot's note for Part V

What the Thunder Said

In the first part of Part V three themes are employed: the journey to Emmaus, the approach to the Chapel Perilous (see Miss Weston's book), and the present decay of eastern Europe.

Commentator's note

The journey to Emmaus is in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 24, starting with verse 13. The corresponding section of the poem is Part V, lines 359 - 365.

Jessie L. Weston's book on the Grail legend:From Ritual to Romance was mentioned in Eliot's first note.

The part about the decay of eastern Europe probably starts at line 366. See Eliot's note to line 366 or the allusion page for that line.

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