The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. EliotFew readers need any introduction to the work of the most influential poet of the twentieth century. In addition to the title poem, this selecion includes The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Gerontion, Ash Wednesday, and other poems from Mr. Eliots early and middle work.
In ten years time, wrote Edmund Wilson in Axel0s Castle (1931), Eliot has left upon English poetry a mark more unmistakable than that of any other poet writing in English. In 1948 Mr. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work as trail-blazing pioneer of modern poetry.
A Short Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s ‘Gerontion’
Eliot The beauty of the poem lies in the way Eliot has so boldly used his source material. Unlike "Prufrock" Gerontion is constructed out of echoes of literature, and Eliot has fitted these quotations together like parts of a fishing rod. Yet the suggestion of a voice, a character, a personal tragedy is very strong. Benson's life of Fitzgerald supplies the main setting, the "waiting for rain", the boy, the blindness, even the housekeeper making tea. Henry Adams supplies the pessimistic philosophy of history, and of Nature as chaos.
Eliot that was first published in 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. Alfred Prufrock " and The Waste Land , and other works published by Eliot in the early part of his career, '"Gerontion" discusses themes of religion, sexuality , and other general topics of modernist poetry. Eliot was working on the poem after the end of World War One when Europe was undergoing changes as old systems of government and international relations were being replaced. During that time, Eliot was working at Lloyds Bank , editing The Egoist , and trying to publish poetry. Eliot had published in Ara Vos Prec , a limited printed work that collected his early poems including "Gerontion". Two earlier versions of the poem can be found, the original typescript of the poem as well as that version with comments by Ezra Pound.
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Is Gerontion a sinner who, now he comes to reflect on his life, tries and struggles to find meaning in it all? The Treaty agreed terms of peace between the nations involved in the First World War, and included punitive financial measures against Germany, the losers in the war. But Eliot does not seek to make this allusion solely about the Treaty and a specific moment in history; instead, like the very phenomenon of a hall of mirrors, the meaning of the phrase glimmers with multiple meanings, with the poem relating not just to this point in history but to all history, all wars. But this is merely one suggestion of how to respond to the ambiguous and elusive images and statements in this poem. The author of this article, Dr Oliver Tearle, is a literary critic and lecturer in English at Loughborough University. Eliot Interesting Literature.
Monday Commentary on T. His examination of history is an examination of the way we look at ourselves and the way we look at the past. This gives the reader the sense that the speaker has some authority on the subject because he, as a person, is an object upon whom history acts, as well as a subject who interprets and therefore creates history. The poem deals with the theme of faith in history vs. The following stanza, found mid-poem, not only reacts to what has already been said, but sets the reader up for either resolution or disintegration: After such knowledge, what forgiveness? Think now History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions, Guides us by vanities. Think now She gives when our attention is distracted And what she gives, gives with such supple confusions That the giving famishes the craving.