The Waste Land and Other Poems

The Waste Land and Other Poems

Including The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Written by:
Edited by: Helen Vendler

Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 9780451526847
  • 128 Pages
  • Signet
  • Adult


This all-new Signet Classic contains many of T.S. Eliot‘s most important early poems, leading to perhaps his greatest masterpiece, The Waste land, which has long been regarded as one of the fundamental texts of modernism. By combining poetic elements from many diverse sources with bits of popular culture and common speech linked in a fragmented narrative, Eliot recreated the chaos and disillusionment of Europe in the aftermath of WWI.

  • The Waste Land is a modernist literary masterpiece.

  • Contains a number of early poems, including Spleen, The Death of St. Narcissus, The Love Song of J. Prufrock, Preludes, Gerontion, The Hippopotmaus, and Sweeny Among the Nightingales.

  • T.S. Eliot is the winner of the 1948 Nobel Prize for Literature, and is one of America’s greatest poets.

  • Edited and with an Introduction by Helen Vendler, a foremost scholar of moderism at Harvard University who writes regularly for the New Yorker and The New Republic.

  • Vendler is also the author of books on other essential poets, including W.B. Yeats, Wallace Stevens, John Keats, George Herbert, and the forthcoming The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnete.

  • Table of Contents

    Selected and with an Introduction by Helen Vendler

    Introduction by Helen Vendler
    The Death of Saint Narcissus
    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    The Boston Evening Transcript
    La Figlia Che Piange
    The Hippopotamus
    Whispers of Immortality
    Sweeney Among the Nightingales
    The Waste Land
    The Hollow Men
    Journey of the Magi
    Lines for Cuscuscaraway and Mirza Murad Ali Beg (From Five-finger Exercises)

    Selected Bibliography