There is a degraded and misogynistic representation of the feminine in E. E. Cummings  poetry: a victimised and openly disdained object Cummings invites us to judge.
Criticism of The Waste Land , on the other hand, has come to a general conclusion that it is, in short, ‘about a sexual failure which signifies a modern spiritual failure’ . And while, here too, women are victims of a failed Western civilisation, Eliot’s portrayal of the degradation of both sexes depicts a shared failure of human relationships in Western societies. There are many characters – male and female – presented through various voices, but it is the expression of a single protagonist, ‘various facets of whose character are represented by the different men and women in the poem.’ 
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