Essay on Analysis Of ' The Wasteland ' By T.s. Eliot

1294 Words Dec 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Although author Yaw Agawu-Kakraba argues that “intertextuality” present in the Postmodern literature is inherited from Modernism, depicting the contrast between writing style in literature aids in identifying the differences between both eras (Agawu-Kakraba 3). However, Meryem describes Modernist literature patterns as completely different and is far from the use of “Intertextuality”. Meryem claims that, “Modernism displays a relatively strong sense of cohesion and similarities across genres” (Modernism and Modernist Literature). Modernists chose a different path then realist, therefore, instead of using intertextuality modernists believe that each work of art and literature is unique to itself and thus should not be combined with older work since it has its own genre. Prime example for Modernist literature is the book “The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot since the book focuses on all the techniques of modernism: rebelling against traditional literature and values. Key structural elements found in “The Wasteland” such as non-uniformity and discontinuity in paragraphs, single genre pattern throughout the text. On the other hand, in Postmodern literature authors present “Intertextuality” and “fragmentation”: dispersing themes, imagery, plot and characters throughout the novel. “Intertextuality in postmodern literature can be a reference or parallel to another literary work and extended discussion of a work, or the adoption of a style” (What is Postmodernism? 2013). Both…

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