The poem, a series of somewhat blurred visions, centers on an imaginary waste region, the home of the Fisher King, a little-known figure in mythology, who is sexually impotent. Writing on "The Waste Land," Helen Gardner, an authority on Eliot's writings, noted: "The sense of boredom and horror behind both the beauty and ugliness is expressed by juxtaposition of the beautiful and the ugly." In another reference, Miss Gardner wrote of Eliot's "union of the common and the formal, the colloquial and the remote, the precise and the suggestive."


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