A rat

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

Meaning

Rats are a recurring image in the Waste Land; see above:

I think we are in rats' alley
Where the dead men lost their bones.

As aforementioned, in one notorious poem Eliot used rats as a symbol of Jews. In The Waste Land, however, this association is not made and the rats appear to be a generalized symbol of decay.

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