Daily Archives: August 10, 2006

The Waste Land

Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante, Had a bad cold, nevertheless Is known to be the wisest woman in Europe, With a wicked pack of cards. Here, said she, Is your card, the drowned Phoenician Sailor, (Those are pearls that were his … Continue reading

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Renton (Ewan MacGregor) dives down through ‘the worst toilet in Scotland’ to seek out mislaid drugs at the bottom of the ‘sea’, in a fantasy sequence from the film Trainspotting. Trainspotting (1996), d. Danny Boyle

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… Whether to faint Elysium, or where Down through tress-lifting waves the Nereids fair Wind into Thetis’ bower by many a pearly stair … John Keats, ‘Lamia’ (1820), from Part I

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Richard III

Lord, Lord! methought, what pain it was to drown! What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears! What ugly sights of death within mine eyes! Methought I saw a thousand fearful wrecks, Ten thousand men that fishes gnawed upon, Wedges … Continue reading

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