Been reading this for a while and finally finished. It contained Prufrock and Other Observations, Poems 1920, and The Waste Land.
Prufrock and other Obersvations contained some incredibly brilliant moments. The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock might be my favorite poem from him and bits and pieces of other poems were fantastic. Overall though the collection was inconsistent with great highs and some definite lulls.
Poems 1920 seemed to be more consistent overall and but it didn't have the same type of high moments Prufrock did. The collection seemed a bit dry and it felt like Eliot was stroking his ego during parts. My favorites here were probably The Hippopotamus or Whispers of Immortality.
The Waste Land was a masterpiece. It captured the desolation, isolations, and fears of the WWI time period and also reflected his own destruction as he wrote it while recovering from a nervous breakdown. It was dark and distant and had the type of presence and brilliance I'd expect from one of the most praised poems of the 20th century.
Some of the works were tedious because of the multiple references and obscurity of those references along with Eliot's language. However, I became accustomed to it over the length of the collections and it became less of an issue.
Last edited by Jailblazers7 : 04-30-2011 at 03:40 PM.
I'm an EE, but I've always wanted to take this class [statics] (and might), so I DLed the book and am reading/working the book. Last final is Tuesday, so will get to move faster through the book once I am done with finals.
And I'm also reading Eldest, the second book in the Eragon series, which is fantastic so far (about 400 pages through Eldest). Definitely recommend the series!
The book was definitely slow in the beginning but the later half was very good and the ending was terrific. Some of the characters like Lucie and Charles were far too 2-dimensional. I understand Dickens used them more for an ideal of man and woman an...moreThe book was definitely slow in the beginning but the later half was very good and the ending was terrific. Some of the characters like Lucie and Charles were far too 2-dimensional. I understand Dickens used them more for an ideal of man and woman and noble naivety was a statement about how an upright and perfect man couldn't survive in an imperfect world but the rigidity of the characters were burdensome and took away from the book in my opinion.
However, there were many great moments and Sydney's ride to the Guillotine is one of the most memorable things I've ever read. His prophetic thoughts in the face of death gave the book some of the true sentimentality and emotion that the earlier parts of the book lacked.