tylerpierce (tylerpierce) wrote,

Read the lines

One of the goals I accomplished in 2009 was finishing memorizing the first section of T.S. Elliott's "The Waste Land". Since this is really only meaningfully demonstrable in person, you'll just have to take my word for it.

Chatting recently with a friend I mentioned that I was no longer entirely sure how this became a goal; this is not unusual for me, to decide to do something and see it through long after the impetus is forgotten. She suggested it was to impress girls - a decent motivation for a lot of my activities - but doesn't seem right on this one. Mainly as I can't see it as the least bit romantic as a work, and frankly the ability to recite award-winning but disturbed poetry seems like the worst pick-up skill ever.

Still, I got through part one. And I do recite it, only occasionally on demand.
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