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December 15, 2012

He Do the Police in Different Voices

T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot

On this day in 1922 T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (originally titled “He Do the Police in Different Voices”) was published. Like many friends and acquaintances, Virginia Woolf thought Eliot an odd case, but her diary notes how compelling she found his after-dinner reading of his poem: “He sang it & chanted it & rhymed it. It has great beauty and force of phrase; symmetry; & tensity. What connects it together, I’m not so sure….”

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