Seeking the Grail, Piercing the Veil: The Waves as Parodic Critique of Eliot's Waste Land

In the “Seeking the Grail, Piercing the Veil: The Waves as Parodic Critique of Eliot’s Waste Land” Lauryl Tucker compares the literary work of Virginia Woolf and that of T. S. Eliot where he evaluates Woolf’s ability to imitate Eliot’s work. Tucker uses Woolf’s The Waves and Eliot’s The Waste Land. Ticker states that while Woolf concentrates on the concept of self in The Waves, Eliot concentrate on the concepts of self and tradition in her The Waste Land. According to Tucker, Eliot recognizes that for a writer/poet to able to produce good work, he/she must first find the correct relationship with himself and the outside world. In The Waves, Woolf tries to borrow a lot from Eliot’s literary work. Although Woolf does not want to accept directly that Eliot’s work is artistic, Woolf’s The Waves has borrowed as lot of artistic features for Eliot’s The Wasteland but does it in a parodic manner. In his work, Eliot usually makes use of his own image in order to help make a clear connection between the past and the present. In addition, while referring to historical events, Eliot makes use of the image of veteran poets or writers. This helps her to develop literature work, which has great connection between the present and the past, as well as the self and the tradition. Tucker demonstrates the numerous work in Woolf’s The Wave that appear to be borrowed from Eliot’s The Wasteland. Tucker also provides numerous examples where Woolf tries to imitate the work of Eliot, but eventually ends up giving contradictory meaning.     

Tucker provides a complex analysis of Virginia Woolf’s The Wave and T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. This is because he uses complex words in the entire article. This indicates that the targeted audience for Tucker’s article is his fellow writers or poets but not ordinary poem readers or lovers of literature work. It is easier for a poet or a writer to understand Tucker’s article than a layman. For this reason, Tucker is biased to only one side of his audience. He does not put into consideration the needs of poem readers and other readers of other types of literature work, who do not have deep knowledge of literature terms with high lexical density. However, Tucker’s analysis for Woolf’s The Waves and Eliot’s The Wasteland is very comprehensive. Tucker provides a very systematic analysis of the works by the two writer/poets. He takes a particular part of Eliot’s work in The Waste Land and provides the assigned or implied meaning that Eliot provides to that particular piece. Then, he takes a similar (parodic) piece of Eliot’s work from Woolf’s The Wave and provides the meaning of that particular part as assigned or implied by Woolf. Finally, Tucker compares the two parts and demonstrates to the readers how Woolf imitates Eliot’s work in a parodic manner. Tucker repeats the same process in the entire article and he ensures that he provides page numbers to the specific parts of both works. This method of analysis provides an easy way of understanding to the readers. In addition, the page numbers help the reader to make easy reference in the original works. Tucker’s analysis is also accurate. This is because the information that he provides through direct quotes and paraphrasing corresponds with the information provided in the original works. This assures the readers that the other information as well as the author’s own analysis is also accurate. Furthermore, based on own understanding of literature, the analysis provided by Tucker is accurate. In Tucker’s article, the name of the publisher is provided, as well as the name of the publication and the pages where the article is found. This helps to increase the credibility of the article as a good source of information for academic purposes.

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