Eliot’s Approach to Ethical Poetry: The Waste Land

Manar Hussein Ali Abu Darwish, Mohammed Ahmed Aqel Al-Widyan


This study aims at showing the ethical approaches in T. S. Eliot’s poetry. I argue that Eliot’s poetry is loaded with ethical approaches that characterized the era in which he lived. Also, the significance of this study arises from the fact that ethics have become buried in modern life. I, among others, feel we need it urgently these days to survive in a nice manner.
When reading Eliot’s The Waste Land, we have come with a pessimistic reading of the poem. This reading applies to our life nowadays. Eliot imagines the modern world as a wasteland, a land that has been mixed with ambiguity, aridness, and destruction. This land, according to some critics, gives no indication of purity, which neither the land nor the people could visualize. In The Waste Land, various characters are sexually frustrated or dysfunctional, unable to cope with either reproductive or no reproductive sexuality.


Wasteland; Ethics and morality; Love; Sex; Religion

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/8808


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