ABSTRACT

In this nal chapter I extend the presentation of the vortex from Chapter 4, where I nominated it as the presiding structural metaphor of both the Tentation and Th e Waste Land, to refer to its more comprehensive function as a metaphor for ascetic experience. To provide a sense of continuity with the preceding discussion, I begin by de ning the geometrical properties of the vortex that a rm its suitability for the role it performs in relation to my two principal texts, before embarking on a more general overview of its presence and character within Eliot’s work. Discussion then turns to the vortex’s emblematic status elsewhere in modernism, focusing particularly on the formulations of Yeats and Pound, who – although their applications are highly idiosyncratic – share common in uences for the employment of such a symbol.