References to The Waste Land in popular culture  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
The Waste Land
O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.
  • The movie Children of Men shares the poem's closing line, "Shantih Shantih Shantih" as well as many common images and themes.
  • Actress Fiona Shaw performed The Waste Land as a one-person show at the Liberty Theatre in New York to great acclaim
  • Tim Powers based his book Last Call largely on The Waste Land's archetypes, and used references and quotes from the book in the text.
  • William S. Burroughs quotes lines from the poem in several of his books, particularly the line: "Hurry up please, it's time."
  • Evelyn Waugh drew on the line "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." for the title of his critique of 1930's London society A Handful of Dust. Waugh also pays tribute to the poem in Brideshead Revisited in which Anthony Blanche perches himself on a balcony at Christ Church, Oxford whilst reading "passages from The Waste Land through a megaphone to the sweatered and muffled throng that was on its way to the river." He reads from Part III, "The Fire Sermon": "'I, Tiresias have foresuffered all,'" he sobbed to them from the Ventian arches -
Enacted on this same d-divan or b-bed,
I who have sat by Thebes below the wall
And walked among the l-l-lowest of the dead....

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