Exploring The Waste Land
A cross reference page linked from The Waste Land, Part 335

Cross reference topics for line 335

If there were water we should stop and drink

There are multiple cross reference topics for line 335. Choose from:

  1. Use of alliteration
  2. Descriptions of dry things
  3. Eating, drinking and food
  4. Water
  5. The drawing of the reader into the poem
  6. Repetition

Topic: Use of alliteration

Alliteration - Al-lit-`er-a-tion, noun:

The repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other"," or at short intervals; as in the following lines:

Behemoth, biggest born of earth, upheaved His vastness.

Fly o'er waste fens and windy fields.      -- Tennyson

The recurrence of the same letter in accented parts of words is also called alliteration. Anglo-Saxon poetry is characterized by alliterative meter of this sort. Later poets also employed it.

In a somer seson whan soft was the sonne,
I shope me in shroudes as I a shepe were.

     -- P. Plowman

Please excuse me. There are some things in here that are not alliteration. I need some time to clean up.

S sounds:

Atter & Ma:

F and Ph:



S sounds again:

Pretty obvious:

Ms and Hs:

B sounds:

Topic: Descriptions of dry things

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Topic: Eating, drinking and food

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Topic: Water

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Topic: The drawing of the reader into the poem

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Topic: Repetition

There are many sections in The Waste Land where Eliot uses repetition to good effect.


Closing time at the public house:

And again at the public house:


In this section notice the repetition of violet hour, throbbing, waiting, hour and home and how this repetition adds a throbbing effect:

Stop and *ink

In the section below notice the repetition of gaily and hand and hands in close proximity. Also note that heart is seen in both lines 402 and 420.


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