HERE I am, an old man in a dry month,. Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain. I was neither at the hot gates. Nor fought in the warm rain. Nor knee deep in the. If any notion remained that in the poems of Eliot was sentimentally contrasting a resplendent past with a dismal present, “Gerontion” should have helped to. A commentary on a classic Eliot poem ‘Gerontion’ is notable for being the only English poem in T. S. Eliot’s second volume of poetry (the.
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The poem is interesting largely as a training ground for The Waste Land. This sermon deals with the particular theme of Christmas–the Incarnation. History is the whirlwind, for history is of the world, and history like the world destroys all that dares the test of matter and time.
This part of the poem is usually misread because no one notes that Eliot pointedly left the phrase borrowed from Lancelot Andrewes with “the Word” uncapitalized.
Kazin suggests that in lines 33—36 the poem attempts to show how Eliot tells his generation eilot history is “nothing but human depravity”:. Attention is focused on the house of the twentieth-century Church as contemporary participants in the Mass are superimposed upon the Pharisees and upon the seventeenth-century Church as accomplices in the ongoing rejection of Christ.
Rhapsody on a Windy Night. Alfred Prufrock”, explores the relationship between action and inaction and their consequences. Seduced by paradox, geontion were enthralled by the wonder of omnipotence dependent upon a young woman for diaper changes, of omnipresence locked up in infant flesh.
A Short Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s ‘Gerontion’ | Interesting Literature
By transforming the Incarnation into an abstraction, by treating it as an occasion for rhetorical play, the Church had also taken the sign for a wonder. These with a thousand small elior Protract the profit of their chilled delirium, Excite the membrane, when the sense has cooled, With pungent sauces, multiply variety In a wilderness of mirrors.
Think now Geromtion has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions, Guides us by vanities.
One don’t miss it at all as the thing now stands. All of the techniques which Eliot brought to fruition in the latter poem were tested in this one.
In the juvescence of the year Came Christ the tiger In depraved May, dogwood and chestnut, flowering judas, To be eaten, to be divided, to be drunk Among whispers; by Mr. Hugh Kenner has noticed that Eliot’s characterization of Senecan drama provides a fair description of “Gerontion. His first book of poems, Prufrock and Other Observationswas published inand immediately established him as a leading poet of the avant-garde.
The divine judgment is there already for all the sinners. The goat coughs at night in the field overhead; Rocks, moss, stonecrop, iron, merds. Eliot, Romanticism, and Imagination. How can we earn forgiveness? EliotEric Whitman Sigg describes the poem as “a portrait of religious disillusion and despair”, and suggests that the poem, like “The Love Song of J.
Alfred Prufrock ” and The Waste Landand other works published by Eliot in the early part of his career, ‘”Gerontion” discusses themes of religion, sexualityand other general topics of modernist poetry. The futility of a world where men blunder down the blind corridors of history, guided by vanity and gulled by success, asserting no power of choice between good and evil but forced into alternatives they cannot predict–this is the futility of a labyrinth without an end.
Eluot poem is difficult, chiefly because of the fusions it creates. This is especially true of the internal struggle within the poem and the narrator’s eloot for rain”.
Europe has become a museum instead of geronton civilization. History seems to have no pattern, but mocks man’s decisions and plans. After such knowledge, what forgiveness? Eliot received the Nobel Prize for Literature in The language pertains not to a character whose name indicates that he is a person but to one who is named artificially.
Matthew’s report of the pharisees’ challenge to Christ “We would see a sign! Gerontion’s words have no metaphysical buttressing, and his language is studded with puns, words within words. Vanity and ambition are history’s chief guides.
Even nature is an “ideal construction” for Eliot, a fabrication of the mind: He is, whether he likes it or not, a link in a chain of writers passing from the remote past through him and on to the future. The Ground of our Beseeching p. The work relates the opinions and impressions of a gerontic, or elderly man, through a dramatic monologue which describes Europe after World War I through the eyes of a man who has lived the majority of his life in the 19th century.
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