On the chance that one is born in to a world of godless gloom, without religion and no path to salvation, a bleak and heavy hopelessness is bound to be engrained in the way of the land. T.S. Eliot paints a picture of a woeful world of despair where the “hollow men” live solely with religious reverie and of salvation in slumber. By joining literary methods of imagery, tone, and diction in his poem, “The Hollow Men,” the hopelessness is visible all over the whole poem, and is established as the poem’s theme with the utilization of the previously mentioned literary techniques. First, T.S.
T.S Eliot was a famous British poet affluent for his modernist views on society. He was deemed “one of the twentieth century’s major poets” . In 1922, Eliot published The Waste Land in the Criterion, a famous British magazine. The Waste Land is a multifaceted poem which discusses the difficulties of moral and cultural aftershocks of World War I. Eliot portrays his view of modern society with the poem that exemplifies themes of futility and alienation. The poems use of ‘waste’ does not represent the aftermath of war but rather the “emotional and spiritual sterility of Western man” .
Because of her perception the young man tries to stay dishonest and not to let her understand how disturbed he is. In the last part of the third section, he pictures the young lady`s death and comes up with the question whether she will still plague him even after her death. “Portrait of a Lady” in Eliot’s style is a step from romantic to postromantic. In the tone of the language there is much more objectivity and sarcasm, and an overall sense of disenchantment. One may say that the rhythm is iambic pentameter, but neither rhyme nor rhythm follows any traditional pattern.
Eliot was fond of England and he moved there before the poem was finished. In lines 15-22 the poem speaks of fog. “The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes/The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes/Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening, /Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains, /Let fall upon its back the soot that falls
The Waste Land has frequently been read as poem of many voices. Compare and contrast the ways that T.S. Eliot uses multiple voices in the poem. Your answer should pay particular attention to literary techniques and mention ideas relating to intertextuality/citation. After the First World War a generation of men returned home with distorted views of life, questioning their purpose and existence in this world.
With the author’s specific use of literary device, the poem emerges into a metaphorical image of the coldness and negligence people encounter between life and death. The five sections are all of varying lengths and follow no set meter or rhyme scheme. As a result, the poem would fall under the category of “free verse” since it does not contain these elements. The poem mainly consists of short lines. It is spoken from the perspective of the Hollow man, “The Hollow Men” seems to be in a wasteland, living between salvation and Damnation.
In ‘On My Songs’ by Wilfred Owen, his ideas about poetry and its importance are voiced throughout the duration of the poem. He does this by using various techniques like metaphors, diction, and personification amongst others. One of the main ideas we can gather from this poem is that he believes that poetry is a form of release. It begins with: ‘Though unseen Poets, many and many a time/ Have answered me as if they knew my woe/…fashioned so their rime…easing the flow/ Of my dumb tears’. In this quote, Owen seems to be paying homage to all the romantic poets (like Keats and Shelly) whose poetry has been able to soothe him and has even often resounded deeply with his situation or with the problems he was going through.
“Eliot’s Waste Land is I think the justification of the ‘movement,’ of our modern experiment, since 1900.” (Pound, 1950). Just as human action is an output of hidden motives, the opulent type of poetry contains concealed meanings. This undoubtedly is the most conspicuous way to characterize modernism for a novice reader. Modernism was a metaphysical and cultural movement that emanated from an immense transformation in Western society in the late ninetieth and early twenty centuries, and it is accepted that T.S Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’ was the dawn of Modernist poetry and literature. Modernism was a contemporary approach of thinking, a regeneration of the psyche, an advanced –ism that was the result of urbanisation, technological and economic
Rawd Kosa 15.5 Title Introduction This proposal focuses on studying the themes of “THE HOLLOW MEN” poem. This poem belongs to the post modern literature from the modern period (1900- 1950s). The characteristics of modernity are: pessimism, frustration, isolation, total sense of loss; modern writers had no sense of purpose, the anxiety of uncertainty, meaninglessness, no values and miscommunication. The Hollow Men (1925) is a poem written by T.S. Eliot.
Even the moon, the ocean, the sun, etc. It’s scientifically proven and many different scientists have made tons of research in this topic… But obviously there are cases in the ones the influence or help of some factors is more evident, and so is the case of Eliot and his wife in many of his works, even he recognized it. One of the many examples that can be given to prove this is related to his most famous poem, titled The waste Land, this poem verses about the cruel and cold war is (based on his experience in the World War I) in a very particular way, because is full of allusions, more than one speaker and constantly changing from style to style, and after many critics, some positive and other negative, he admitted privately that he wrote the poem based or inspired also in his complicated life, particularly based in his troubled marriage and that the text was twice as long. This “influence” can be rated as positive or negative because yes, he had a troubled marriage, but having this kind of marriage and experiencing a war inspired him on writing the piece of art that made him famous… Without his “troubled marriage” Could he wrote this poem? Nobody knows… But it’s sure that it made it