To Carthage then I came

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius

Meaning

St. Augustine’s Confessions: ‘to Carthage then I came, where a cauldron of unholy loves sang all about mine ears.’ [Eliot’s note]

The passage comes from St. Augustine’s description of his debaucherous youth. It occurs here at the height of the poem’s descriptions of seedy sexuality.

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