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The Waste Land: A Game of Chess

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Introduction

The Waste Land: A Game of Chess The second section, A Game of Chess, of The Waste Land, depicts two juxtaposing scenes. The first scene being of upper class and sophistication stands in contrast to the second which conveys the lower class and the "infected" side of life. The wealthy women whose jewels rose to meet the light which reflected of the table, is the first character discussed by Eliot in lines 77 to 110. A contrast to this highly groomed women is captured in lines 110 to 172. Eliot dedicated this section to two women in a London pub, who discuss a third woman. The structure of the poem consists of an increasing irregularity in length and meter of the verses. The first section of A Game of Chess is largely composed of unrhymed iambic pentameter, or blank verse. ...read more.

Middle

Virtuousness and ferocity blend to allocate a feeling of anxiety in the waste land. Eliot brings this across by making use of an oxymoron; "savagely still". Eliot's style of writing is a matter of taste. He hid many "inside references" in his work. The first lines of this section illustrate "The Chair she sat in, like a burnished throne..." along many other opulent ornamentation's which decorated her luxurious boudoir. This profound eloquent section includes vivid literary allusions to Antonie and Cleopatra. It is said to be a parody of ActII, scene ii of Shakespeare's play. "The change of Philomel, by the barbarous king so rudely forced..."associates with the dreadful rape of her by the King Tiresius, who cut out Philomel's tongue. She then metamorphosed into a nightingale ("yet there the nightingale"). ...read more.

Conclusion

These, however, contrasting themes add a feeling of perplexity present in the waste land. Another theme is disappointment. The woman portrayed in the first section of A Game of Chess is unable to impart her interior self to the world. Her world is ,at the end of the day, sterile and worthless. This also ironically corresponds to the theme of wealth. T.S. Eliot's poem, The Waste Land, has different literary inside backgrounds. Eliot, however didn't simply exploit other poets and authors, he integrated their works wisely to establish his waste land. He used literary devices, which are to be taken literally, to create vibrant images. I rather despise this poem since I do not have enough literary background knowledge to grasp all the allusions to other works from Shakespeare (etc.). Eliot tries to elaborate, with the help of certain literary devices, on the corruption, as an effect of relationships, love and life. The melancholy side of life is shown in his work. ...read more.

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