The Waste Land
“The Waste Land” is a few pages long, but it is highly confusing. Let’s embrace that! Find at least 2 lines/short passages that are confusing. What makes them confusing? What different interpretations could one reasonably have about the lines/passages? Why would Eliot want to make us feel confused about the subject of the lines/passages? NOTE: I don’t buy the idea that Eliot is “leaving it open for the reader to decide.” If that is your goal, you listen, not write. If you bother to write something, it is because you have something you want to communicate to your readers. Why would Eliot want to communicate a sense of confusion? A lot of websites try to explain the poem (though some do a better job of this than others). They won’t help you here, because they attempt to give answers and your goal here is to raise questions.