In the poem that includes the lines, “This is the dead land, This is cactus land”, to what work is the first epigraph an allusion?
Heart of Darkness
the notion of hollow men reflects the droll repetitive jobs entailed in the
industrial economy. the reference to kurtz from conrad’s heart of darkness
(1899) in the opening epigram, reflects a strong thematic bond.
The epigraph contains two pertinent references (http). First, “Mistah Kurtz – he dead” is an allusion to Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.
Hint: Heart of Darkness (1899) is a novella by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage up the Congo River into the CongoFree State, in the heart of Africa, by the story’s narrator Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the RiverThames, London, England.