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    "This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."

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    The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

    by T. S. Eliot

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    Eliot's major work, "The Wasteland", was controversial when it appeared in 1922. Considered both obscure and radical, it utilizes a combination of modern slang and ancient myth, arcane literary allusion and jazzy modernity. Eliot also included helpful but pedantic footnotes. However, the poem is lyrical and hypnotic, and its collage-like mode is, in the end, an effective form for the expression of Eliot's view of the fragmentation and degeneration of modern life. Much of the poem's final shape was influenced by Ezra Pound, who served as Eliot's mentor in its writing--a fact which only emerged with the publication of a facsimile manuscript in 1972.

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