WHAT THE THUNDER SAID
This project was taken between 8 and 9 in the evening during the walks that the Spanish government allowed as a way to ease the confinement measures in Madrid. Finally, we could go out after several months of being confined, and the first thing that caught my attention was the abandonment of the establishments, as if it were a nuclear catastrophe. This desolate panorama reminded me of T.S. Eliot’s poem «The Waste Land,» in which its final part narrates something similar.
The fifth part of «The Waste Land» by T.S. Eliot is titled «What is that noise?». In this section of the poem, a scene is described in a decadent bar, and themes such as hopelessness, loss of meaning, and disconnection in modern society are explored. The speaker finds themselves in a chaotic and disorienting environment, where communication is fragmented and characters seem unable to connect meaningfully with each other. Noise and confusion prevail, creating a sense of alienation and existential emptiness. This part of the poem reflects the state of decay and the search for meaning in a desolate and barren world.
The final section of The Waste Land is dramatic in both its imagery and its events. The first half of the section builds to an apocalyptic climax, as suffering people become “hooded hordes swarming” and the “unreal” cities of Jerusalem, Athens, Alexandria, Vienna, and London are destroyed, rebuilt, and destroyed again.