And I have foresuffered all. Voci di profeti in The Waste Land

Milena Romero Allué (Dipartimento di Lingue e Letterature, Comunicazione, Formazione e Società, Università degli Studi di Udine)

Abstract

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.

10.4424/lam112022-7

Keywords

Eliot; Prophecy; Virgil; Dante; Wagner; Neuschwanstein.

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