Charles Baudelaire: Poems

What kind of imagery does the poem "The Waste Land" use?

mental pictures, see, hear, taste, smell, or touch, and symbolism.

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The Wasteland is best imagined as an encompassing image of a world that Eliot suggests is falling apart. The end of the poem - "London bridge is falling down" - provides an image drawn from the world meant to speak to the more pervasive imagery. An empty lakebed, a carbuncular man making love to a woman, a man drowning in a whirlpool, two Cockney women gossiping ... find a summary and you'll be led to the various imagery you can find in the poem. What really makes the poem cohere is the foreboding tone that runs through it all. But it's always concerned with painting images less than narrative structure.