Exploring The Waste Land
A note page linked from The Waste Land, Part I, line 42

Eliot's note for line 42

Id. III, verse 24.

Commentator's note

Eliot means that Part I, line 42 of The Waste Land

42)  Oed' und leer das Meer.

is from Richard Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde, III, verse 24.

The line can be translated as:

Desolate and empty the sea

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Exploring The Waste Land
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