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Dan used the opening lines of T. S. Eliot'smonumental poem, "The Waste Land":April is the cruellest month, breedingLilacs out of the dead land, mixingMemory and desire, stirringDull roots with spring rain.Eliot's crafts envisoned a poem nearly twice as long as its final version, but Ezra Pound suggested severe cuts. For example, the famous opening lines (above) didn't appear until the typescript's 2nd page; the 1st page contained 54 lines that resembled what became the end of the poem's 2nd section. When the manuscript finally met Pound's approval he sent Eliot a letter that included "Sage Homme," a 48-line poem that began:These are the poems of EliotBy the Uranian Muse begot;A Man their Mother was,A Muse their Sire.How did the printed Infancies resultFrom Nuptials thus doubly difficult?If you must needs enquireKnow diligent ReaderThat on each OccasionEzra performed the Caesarean Operation.
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