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The Waste Land

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April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

— First lines

There is shadow under this red rock
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.


A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.


O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag—
It's so elegant
So intelligent


Twit twit twit twit
Jug jug jug jug jug jug


These fragments I have shored against my ruins
Why then Ile fit you. Hieronymo's mad againe.
Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.
             Shantih shantih shantih

— Last lines


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