There are five sections to the poem. The Burial of the Dead, A Game of Chess, The Fire Sermon, Death by Water, and What the Thunder Said are among them. It is made up of 433 lines. The piece is composed in both free poetry and blank verse. Free verse is unruled verse without any dominant meter or formal patterning of stresses.
Blank verse is unruled verse with a regular number of lines each consisting of an indented iambic pentameter. This type of verse is common in English literature and some other languages like French and Spanish.
Free verse can be used in combination with another form of verse such as classical or popular. In this case the other form of verse would have a dominant rhythm which would usually be followed but not necessarily so. An example of this combination would be John Milton's "Domestic Peace" which contains passages of free verse mixed in with classical tetrameters.
Milton wrote this poem after the civil war had ended but before he became Poet Laureate so it has political implications. He uses his knowledge of military tactics to compare the violence of war to the violence of domestic strife which is even more destructive because it affects everyone involved instead just the soldiers on the battlefield.
"The Waste Land used reference, quotation (in various languages), a variety of verse styles, and a collage of poetic pieces to create the illusion of speaking for a whole civilization in crisis; it was rapidly acknowledged as the fundamental explanation of that crisis and the pinnacle of a poetic form." - John Russell Taylor
Modernism was very much a world-wide movement with many different movements and artists contributing to its development. One of the most important factors in bringing about a new feeling in writing was photography which had become widely used during this time. Writers such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and William Butler Yeats were all influenced by photographs to produce works that were beyond simple poetry. Poets such as Paul Éluard, Charles Baudelaire, and Rainer Maria Rilke came from different countries and cultures but shared a love for modern art that can be seen in their work.
Modernism began in Europe but spread throughout the world. Modern art forms such as cubism, futurism, expressionism, and minimalism are all examples of modern art. Many poets were also drawn to these types of paintings and drawings because they wanted to express themselves through different methods than those used in traditional poetry. For example, Ezra Pound used formal language and strict metrical rules to create his "modern" poems while T. S. Eliot used imagery and references to other works of literature to do the same.
There is no set number of lines in blank verse poetry. It has a standard meter that is utilized in verse theatre and large narrative poetry. It is frequently employed in descriptive and contemplative poetry, as well as dramatic monologues (poems in which a single character gives his ideas in the style of a speech).
The term "blank verse" comes from the fact that these poems do not indent or break their lines differently from regular English prose. This makes them easy to read aloud.
They are usually simple and concise, with an emphasis on clarity and elegance of language. Subjects include political leaders, philosophers, scientists, and other intellectuals of the time period in which they were written.
Some examples of famous poets who have written in this form include John Milton, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and George Herbert.
Milton's Paradise Lost is an example of dramatic poetry that uses this form. It is one of the most important early modern texts that focused on political leadership.
Its length is about 43,000 lines written in iambic pentameter (the same metre as classical Greek poetry). This allows Milton to discuss many topics including theology, philosophy, politics, and literature without writing too much or moving away from the main idea.
Shakespeare wrote about 15 hundred lines of blank verse in total.