Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 10(4), pp. 66 - 71
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2022.100402
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T.S. Eliot's Way Out of "The Waste Land"

Tamar Mebuke *
Department of Foreign Languages, Georgian Technical University, Georgia


This paper is dedicated to a centennial anniversary of the publication of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, the poem that marks the beginning of modernism in literature and still remains one of the most influential and discussed poems of the XXth century. In this poem, Eliot examines the fundamental values of human existence. In the example of the generation of "lost souls", he describes the disintegration of life and moral standards, as well as strives to find a way for reconciliation with existential problems by examining the existent reality so as to make subsequent reintegration in order to continue life. Religious revelations are seen as the eternal wisdom that has never been hidden from man of any cultural tradition, and the point from which spiritual revival may start. Consequently, the method of comparative mythology was applied to the analysis of the content of the poem. A century after its publication, the poem has not lost its significance due to the depth of its penetration into the nature of human vices that corrupt human existence and the philosophical problems they engender. Unlike most previous studies that accentuated the motifs of despair, distress, and loss of hope as the main motifs of the poem, the paper stresses Eliot's search for ways out of the existing crisis, which represents the novelty of the paper, as well as its social implications.

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[1] Tamar Mebuke , "T.S. Eliot's Way Out of "The Waste Land"," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 66 - 71, 2022. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2022.100402.

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Tamar Mebuke (2022). T.S. Eliot's Way Out of "The Waste Land". Linguistics and Literature Studies, 10(4), 66 - 71. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2022.100402.