And I have foresuffered all. Voci di profeti in The Waste Land
Moving from a thorough analysis of the epigraph – interpreted as the chorus of classical drama – and the dedication that open The Waste Land, this essay investigates the numerous prophetic voices in Eliot’s poem by individuating a circular inner organization and a tight web of unexplored references to Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Wagner and Ludwig II’s Bavarian castle of Neuschwanstein. The prophet Tiresias is read as a Janus bifrons, as Dante’s gran veglio placed between East and West, as well as a Christological messenger of compassion and hope.
Eliot; Prophecy; Virgil; Dante; Wagner; Neuschwanstein.