Ceremonies in "The Waste Land"
Ceremonies are prevalent throughout T.S. Eliotís poem "The
Waste Land". Eliot relies on literary contrasts to illustrate the
specific values of meaningful, effectual rituals of primitive society
in contrast to the meaningless, broken, sham rituals of the modern
day. These contrasts serve to show how ceremonies can become broken
when they are missing vital components, or they are overloaded with
too many. Even the way language is used
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poem he gives us hope with the ritualistic chant of,
"Shantih shantih shantih" (l. 434) which translates (according to the
notes) as The Peace which passeth understanding.
Ceremonies are prevalent throughout T.S. Eliotís poem The
Waste Land. The contrast between rituals that contain too little and
rituals that contain too much show just how broken the waste land is.
The actual literary tools that Eliot uses helps give the poem an
apparent broken feel.