- Apr 2016
FOR EZRA POUND IL MIGLIOR FABBRO
When T. S. Eliot asked Ezra Pound to edit his manuscript, provisionally titled "He Do the Police in Different Voices," Pound edited the manuscript heavily. The quote used in this meme comes from comments on the margins of this page of a section now entirely cut from what we know as "The Waste Land."
Eliot dedicated the poem to Ezra Pound, "the better craftsman" (my translation).
Who are those hooded hordes swarming Over endless plains, stumbling in cracked earth
This pasage reminds me of the hooded figures that appeared in the Harry Potter world, the Dementors. They are similar to wraiths and represent death, famine and other dark and mysterious forces.
What the Thunder Said
This meme is to represent the title of this section. Especially when it has to do with thunder. Zeus is the perfect representation of those natural aspects.
But sound of water over a rock
This meme is a pun that relates a Pokemon named Blastoise. It is about how a water type can defeat a rock type.
“You know nothing? Do you see nothing? Do you remember “Nothing?”
I chose this image because it reflects the state of mind of the speaker, who sounds unstable, desperate, and even frantic.
And no rock If there were rock And also water And water
The only thing that I thought when I saw this part of the poem was literally someone drowning and i wanted to make a more graceful. That is why I chose this little puppy.
Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou pluckest me out O Lord Thou pluckest
I only saw the photo and said it is necessary to use it with this part of the poem. I thought it was very funny.
Now Albert’s coming back, make yourself a bit smart.
The voice in the poem is asking someone to look a bit smarter, I think glasses are considered a symbol of intelligence so at least try to wear some glasses.
“What are you thinking of? What thinking? What? “I never know what you are thinking. Think.”
There are a lot of questions being asked in the poem so I think it sounds a little bit stalker and chose this picture for my meme.
In vials of ivory and coloured glass Unstoppered, lurked her strange synthetic perfumes
My meme tries to make obvious the fact that there are many odors in that place coming from the perfumes in the vials.
We think of the key, each in his prison Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison
Honestly I don't know how to explain this one other than the fact that the first thing that came to my mind when I read this was Captain Jack Sparrow being cheeky.
I do not know whether a man or a woman —But who is that on the other side of you?
The only thing that I could think of was of the show Scream Queens. In the show there's somebody following everybody around, but they don't know who they are. (Well except for me... I figured out who the killer was)
“What is that noise?”
I found this Snow White's reaction amusing to use on the quotes. It's how almost everybody reacts when they hear weird noises at night.
April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land
This is the mental image that came to mind once I read "Lilacs"; it's the beginning of the objective correlatives throughout the poem.
Summer surprised us
yet there the nightingale Filled all the desert with inviolable voice
When I first read this, even though I may be wrong about it, I thought of the words literally. A bird on the tree on a desert, singing its song unbroken.
Living nor dead, and I knew nothing, Looking into the heart of light, the silence.
I chose this pic to not only bother my best friend, but also because what little I know from this character (I'm not from this fandom) I know that he knows nothing.
Marie, hold on tight.
This meme who Stephen J. created, wants you to think that Liam here, was the cousin, and that Marie did not "hold on tight".
Then spoke the thunder DA
This meme places T. S. Eliot's allusion to the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad on the structure of the Marvel Civil War meme. As the story goes, the sound of the thunder "DA" is interpreted as a message from the creator in different ways by men, demons, and gods. Men understand it as "Datta," which means "give." Demons hear "Dayadhvam," as a call to compassion. Gods interpret it as "Damyata," an order to have self control.
Does the thunder's voice call for one of these? Or do we need all three?
Let's hope differring interpretations don't lead to a Civil War. ;-)
I'm not sure why the editors of the Poetry Foundation chose to omit the epigraph to the poem, but here it is:
The English Translation in the Wikipedia entry is "I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl of Cumae hanging in a jar, and when the boys said to her, Sibyl, what do you want? she replied I want to die."
The Waste Land
This project is an educational activity on an online space that seeks to promote engagement with T. S. Eliot's poem via image macro memes. This is an assignment for my Modern Poetry class, taught this Spring 2016 semester at UPR: Mayagüez. I have also made an open invitation on Twitter and Facebook to participate in the activity.
This activity is inspired by #buzzademia principles, which I discuss in "http://leonardoflores.net/blog/towards-a-geek-pedagogy-a-manifesto/."
To create #WasteLandMemes you can:
- Place a quote from the poem on an image it evokes, or
- Place a quote, paraphrase, or riff on any meme.
- Use the #WasteLandMemes hashtag.
- No abusive or offensive content, please.
Join the fun!
I think we are in rats’ alley Where the dead men lost their bones.
- This meme is just funny. there is no relation between it and the poem. It's just a cool meme.
- #WasteLandMemes #NPM16 #NationalPoetryMonth