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Wednesday, 3 August 2005

"He do the police in different voices" - an extract

Greetings Swipesters,

It will have escaped none of your attentions (I trust) that today marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of England's finest American-born poet, Thomas Stearns Eliot.

To mark this momentous occasion, we here at Swipe Towers are proud to present a snippet from our forthcoming work-in-progress - "He do the police in different voices - the complete The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot ; hyper-text of a masterpiece". The work is almost complete and aims to give a full set of references to the Modernist masterpiece and hopefully provide plain and simple explanations of some of the poem's more obscure imagery. This will, we hope, enable scholars to gain an ever-greater understanding of perhaps the most powerful and innovative poem in the language.
So, sit back, mouse at the ready and click yourself through "He do the police in different voices":

Extract from the first draft:"He do the police in different voices"

First we had a couple of feelers down at Tom's place,
There was old Tom boiled to the eyes, blind,
(Don't you remember that time after a dance,
Top hats and all, we and silk hat Harry ....

April is the cruellest month, breeding

Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee

Love on ya,


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