Exploring The Waste Land
A note page linked from The Waste Land, Part I, line 76

Eliot's note for line 76

V. Baudelaire, Preface to Fleurs du Mal.

Commentator's note

Eliot means compare:

Part I, line 76

76) Hypocrite lecteur!--mon semblable,--mon frere!

To Au lecteur (To the Reader) the preface of Charles Baudelaire's collection of poems Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil).

This line can be translated as:

Hypocrite reader!--my double,--my brother!

Au Lecteur is available here in translations and the original French.

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