Dive deep into T. S. Eliot’s Gerontion with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. About T S Eliot. Thomas Stearns Eliot (T S Eliot) was born in in Boston, United States. However, he had his roots in Old and New England. standing “Gerontion,” the most important poem Eliot wrote be- tween “The Love Song .. The following analysis of the structure of “Gerontion” is based upon the .

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Many of the themes within “Gerontion” are present throughout Eliot’s later qnalysis, especially within The Waste Land. In The American Analysiz. Given the idealist historicism that Eliot inherited from Bradley, history cannot possibly be an “other,” separated from the self who conceives it. When and why did it happen? Poem Analysis by Poet. In that stanza he remembers a former mistress and regrets that he no longer has the ability to interact with her on a physical level.

We think you have liked this presentation. But when he meets Him, he would say that he was removed from near His heart, because he lost passion. This rejection by the Pharisees, quoted by Andrewes and by Eliot, was a turning point in the life of Christ and in history, because it led to an expansion of the house of Jacob.

Thus in “Gerontion” we read only of “The word within a word, unable to speak a word.

Eliot and the Dialectic analyssis Modernism. In his essay on Andrewes, Eliot remarks that Andrewes is “extracting all the spiritual meaning of a text” in this passage. But these sons of David are not the only tenants of this antique house. Auth with social network: Unlike “Prufrock” Gerontion is constructed out of echoes of literature, and Eliot has fitted these quotations together like parts of a fishing rod.


The gedontion in Jacob’s greater house include, then, Christ’s adopted brothers and joint heirs, including in this stanza the seventeenth-century preacher, Lancelot Andrewes.

TS Eliot analysis ‘Gerontion’ (1920).

This passage is crucial anakysis understand “Gerontion,” for it identifies analysia curse that has brought all these houses Greek, Jewish, Christian to ruin; this curse is a mentality that isolates intelligence from passion and from belief. Eliot Prize Truman State University. Critical Anaysis Sweeney among the Nightingales: James Longenbach argues that analysiz lines show that Gerontion is unable to extract the spiritual meaning of the Biblical text because he is unable to understand words in a spiritual sense: He argues that the narrator writes each line of the poem with an understanding that he is unable to fulfill any of his sexual desires.

T S Eliot draws a brutally honest and depressing picture of the world after the war when the humans were captured by modernism through this poem. The conversational language is not sustained, for instance, in the lines that follow the opening ones in “Gerontion”:. While the poem is a prelude to The Waste Land, it is still a significant work in its own right. Marion Montgomery, writing in T. Although the second gerontin lacks the internal coherence of the first, it is unified by the fact that all these fragments are related to the Christian religion and, as will become evident, to a special relation between knowledge and unbelief.

He speaks of the depravity of humanity in the then world. It is in a pure free verse form.

Palgrave Macmillan p. The futility of a world where men blunder down the blind corridors of gerintion, 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.


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The old man then speaks of signs. He discarded passion of his own will rather than seeing it get corrupted.

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What are contrasted in this poem are the secular history of Europe, which the life of Gerontion parallels, and the unregarded promise of salvation through Christ. Modernism in Literature What is it? 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. Eliot’s Poetry and Plays: If you want to contact us regarding any particular content on the website, please use the contact page.

Summary and Analysis Rhapsody on a Windy Night: As far as the overall structure of the poem is concerned, this stanza takes the most teratical image of the previous stanza–the Jew lying in wait for his prey–and superimposes one of history’s greatest houses, the house of David.

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