A year ago
“The Waste Land” was published in 1922, so ‘a year ago’ at that time would be 1921. If we look at notable events of 1921, there are several interesting links to the poem’s themes:
the United States ends its state of war with Germany, Austria and Hungary, formally ending the First World War .
Soviet Union is recognized and Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of the Nazi Party, sowing the seeds of the second World War and a second “waste land”.
Particularly interesting and relevant are the events in Britain of that year:
Dr Marie Stopes opens the United Kingdom’s first birth control clinic in London.
An exceptionally dry year over England and Wales, with a 100-day drought ending on June 25th, makes for reportedly the driest year since 1788 and not approached since.
perhaps of no significance at all, but a funny coincidence: an Anti-Waste League is founded as a political party, announcing itself in the Sunday Pictorial and even winning two by-elections.
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