And other withered stumps of time
A quote from the poem “Conversation,” by William Cowper:
So wither’d stumps disgrace the sylvan scene,
No longer fruitful, and no longer green;
This recalls the vegetation myths again.
In the essay “Withered Stumps of Time: The Waste Land and Mythic Disillusion,” R. V. Young concludes:
The radical poetic techniques of The Waste Land are an integral part of its significance. The dislocations of stream-ofconsciousness narrative and the ironic juxtapositions of multiple allusions embody Eliot’s vision of the human condition in which we enjoy only brief, fragmentary glimpses of beauty and meaning among the “withered stumps of time."
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