Then spoke the thunder

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

Meaning

The Book of Apocalypse (otherwise known as The Revelation of St John) refers to 7 thunders in chapter 10:

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven.
(…)
And he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down."
(…)
Then I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”

The last line in particular is an appropriate reflection of ‘The Waste Land’.

Coincidentally or not, although the word ‘thunder’ appears only 4 times in the poem, the monosyllable ‘DA’ that could stand for the onomatopoetic sound of the thunder appears 3 times, making the total 7.

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