Day 4

The Waste Land Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How are these Quartets related to the other poems you have read in this unit?

    Some students may observe that a sense of faith seems to drive these two poems, à la "Ash Wednesday." Some might observe that while "The Waste Land" portrays almost unending chaos, "Burnt Norton" and "East Coker" seem to be driven by a sense of order—both structurally within the poem and in terms of the content. There is stillness in the Quartets that connects to the stillness in "Ash Wednesday," a stillness that would be almost impossible to find in the ever-moving worlds of "The Hollow Men" and "The Waste Land."

  2. 2

    What does it mean to say that all time exists in the present?

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