Looking into the heart of light

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

Meaning

There is a well established line of criticism that reads this as an allusion in opposition to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In the draft of The Waste Land Eliot used a passage from Conrad’s story as the epigraph.

In Eliot’s poem The Hollow Men published in 1925, three years after “The Waste Land,” he used The Heart of Darkness to craft the epigraph:

“Mistah Kurtz — he dead”

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