TS Eliot writes, in the opening of his epic poem “The Wasteland,”
April is the cruelest 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 dead tubers. (1-7)
Traditionally, Spring has been viewed as a positive event in life, when nature wakes up from winter’s slumber.
However, in this Modernist poem, April, the month when Spring takes full hold, is called the “cruelest month.”
Why? Please explain why in the context of the important literary movement of Modernism.
Please use your textbook or a credible literary source to first define the Literary Modernismof the early 20th century.
As always, write your answer as a complete academic essay in MLA format with the body paragraphs grounded in our paragraph plan.
Remember, too, that we cite line numbers for poetry, not page numbers.