Psychological Devastation of Global War in “The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot


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A Formal and Rhetorical Analysis of the Psychological Devastation of Global War in “The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot
This poetic study will analyses the rhetoric and formal qualities of global war found in “The Wasteland” by T.S Eliot. By selecting certain passages from the poem, one can see how the author uses war themes to show the nightmare of global war on the people of England. In this manner, the rhetorical and formal aspects of the poem define war through imagery, tone, and metaphor when describing the waste and desolation that it wreaks in the global community during the first part of the 20th century. In essence, these are the guiding use of form and rhetoric that Eliot incorporates to define the problem of global war in The...
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.....steland” reflects how the returning soldiers who must learn to live after surviving the First World War, as well as how the English populations must deal with destruction and desolation the war has brought to their minds. The tone of the poem reflects the terror and death of war, as well as providing wartime imagery that supports these emotions involving the loss of innocence and of peace of mind. In this manner, Eliot uses “The Wasteland” as a rhetorical and formal poem that defines the psychological despair and emptiness that is part of the English psyche after the destruction caused by global war via World War I.
Works Cited
Eliot, T.S. “The Wasteland.” 2010. March 10, 2010. <>