The Waste Land and Other Poems
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781551119687 / 1551119684
  • 148 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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The Waste Land and Other Poems

  • Publication Date: December 21, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781551119687 / 1551119684
  • 148 pages; 5½" x 8½"

This volume brings together the full contents of Prufrock and Other Observations (1917), Poems (1920), and The Waste Land (1922), together with an informative introduction and a selection of background materials. Included as well are two of Eliot’s most influential essays, “Tradition and the Individual Talent” (1919) and “The Metaphysical Poets” (1921).

As with other volumes in this series, the material appearing here is for the most part drawn from The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, acclaimed as “the new standard” in the field. Appendices include a wide range of contextual materials pertaining to Modernism; writings by Ezra Pound, H.D., and Mina Loy; reviews of The Waste Land; art by Wyndham Lewis; and excerpts from essays by Virginia Woolf and others.


“[This edition provides] a truly impressive density of contextualizing materials that will help open Eliot’s first three books of poetry to twenty-first century conversations. The annotations to The Waste Land in particular are thorough without being obtrusive, and the new materials on anti-Semitism and gender are spot on.” — Michael Coyle, Colgate University (author of Ezra Pound, Popular Genres, and the Discourse of Culture)

“The Broadview edition of The Waste Land and Other Poems seems to me an excellent text for classroom use. Students will appreciate the notes, which provide helpful and straightforward guidance not only on literary allusions but on such no-longer-familiar details of everyday life as ‘sprinkled streets,’ curl papers, and putting one’s ‘shoes at the door.’ The introductory material is clear and informative, and the contextual material gathered in the last section of the book would enrich any course on modernism.” — David Chinitz, Loyola University, Chicago

“Broadview’s recent Anthology of British Literature is an exciting achievement. Broadview has accomplished what no other anthology to date has been able to do.... Its introductory essays and useful appendices successfully reflect current scholarship while remaining student-centered.... With an impressive selection of literary works, an equally impressive collection of visual images, and an exemplary emphasis on print culture and history of the language, The Broadview Anthology not only rivals the Norton and the Longman, it sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British literature will now have to be measured.” — Graham Hammill, University of Notre Dame on The Broadview Anthology of British Literature

“The simple fact is that a major work of student-centered scholarship has arrived in the field of English studies, and The Broadview Anthology of British Literature is no mere pretender to the throne long held by the Norton: it is the new standard.” — Richard Nordquist, Armstrong Atlantic State University on The Broadview Anthology of British Literature


Prufrock and Other Observations (1917)

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    Portrait of a Lady
    Rhapsody on a Windy Night
    Morning at the Window
    The “Boston Evening Transcript”
    Aunt Helen
    Cousin Nancy
    Mr. Apollinax
    Conversation Galante
    La Figlia che Piange

Poems (1920)

  • Gerontion
    Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar
    Sweeney Erect
    A Cooking Egg
    Le Directeur
    Mélange Adultère de Tout
    Lune de Miel
    The Hippopotamus
    Dans le Restaurant
    Whispers of Immortality
    Mr. Eliot’s Sunday Morning Service
    Sweeney Among the Nightingales

The Waste Land (1922)
Tradition and the Individual Talent (1919)

The Metaphysical Poets (1921)

In Context

  • Eliot and Modernism
    • from Jules Huret, “Interview with Stephane Mallarmé,” L’Echo de Paris (1891)
  • Imagist and Futurist Poetry: A Sampling
    • T.E. Hulme (1883–1917)
      • “Autumn” (1912)
    • Ezra Pound (1885–1972)
      • “In a Station of the Metro” (1916, written c. 1911)
        “Alba” (1916)
        “L’Art, 1910” (1916)
    • H.D. (1886–1961)
      • “Oread” (1914)
        “The Pool” (1915)
    • Mina Loy (1882–1966)
      • from “Three Moments in Paris” (1915, written 1914)
        from “Love Songs” (1915)
  • Imagism and Vorticism
    • from F.S. Flint, “Imagisme,” Poetry Magazine (March 1913)
      from Ezra Pound, “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste,” Poetry (March 1913)
      from Ezra Pound, “Vorticism,” Gaudier-Brzeska (1916)
      from Virginia Woolf, “Character in Fiction” (1924)
  • Reactions to the Poems of T.S. Eliot
    • from Arthur Waugh, “The New Poetry,” Quarterly Review (October 1916)
      from Ezra Pound, “Drunken Helots and Mr. Eliot,” The Egoist (June 1917)
      from an unsigned review, Literary World (5 July 1917)
      from an unsigned review, New Statesman (18 August 1917)
      from Conrad Aiken, “Diverse Realists,” Dial (8 November 1917)
      from May Sinclair, “Prufrock and Other Observations: A Criticism,” Little Review (December 1917)
      from a review of the first issue of The Criterion, The Times Literary Supplement (26 October 1922)
      from Gilbert Seldes, review, The Nation (6 December 1922)
      from I.A. Richards, Principles of Literary Criticism (1926)
      from Douglas LePan, “Personality of the Poet: Some Recollections of T.S. Eliot” (1979)
  • T.S. Eliot and Anti-Semitism