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Out of the wasteland

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 13 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2358

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Human kind cannot bear very much reality (Four Quartets by TS Eliot)

TS Eliot's brilliant poetry is based primarily on his penetrating
insight into the frailty of human nature. The Love Song of J. Alfred
Prufrock reflects Eliot's insight into our timidity, while The Wasteland
and The Hollow Men reflect Eliot's insight into our shallowness. With the
skill of a psychoanalyst, Eliot penetrates our facade and exposes our
fragile ego, but offers sympathy and support. Poetry is the universal
language of truth, unity, and peace.

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 April 2011
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA