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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Views Read Edit View history. He comes in “Depraved May” the Easter season, the time of the crucifixion and denial. The old man then speaks of how mechanical this world has become; how even without passion people continue to work.

Sharpe suggests that Christ appears to Gerontion as a scourge because he understands that he must reject the “dead world” to obtain the salvation offered by Christianity. EliotTreaty of Versailles. You might also like More from author.

TS Eliot analysis ‘Gerontion’ (1920).

The poem starts with a foreshadowing. Andrewes is talking about the logos, the Word within the word. In anqlysis Church Age, i. This part of the poem is usually misread because no one anzlysis that Eliot pointedly left the phrase borrowed from Lancelot Andrewes with “the Word” uncapitalized. Matthew’s report of the pharisees’ challenge to Christ “We would see a sign!

Summary and Analysis Rhapsody on a Windy Night: There are references to World War I in this paragraph too in the form of names. Hugh Kenner has noticed that Eliot’s characterization of Senecan drama provides a fair description of “Gerontion. As Chesterton’s Father Brown remarks, “What we all dread most Most analysiw Christ’s career was devoted to giving signs to these professors of law and religion; but whenever a sign was given, the proud but unperceiving scholars took it for a wonder and, ironically, resumed their campaign for a sign.


Ian Duncan MacKillop in F. This tone is maintained throughout the poem.

We find out where this “I” was not and what it did not do, not where or what it is in any positive sense. The passage on history is a series of metaphors that dissolve into incomprehensibility:. Critical Analysis Journey of the Magi: 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.

Auden Poems Everyone Should Read. At the center is the physician, the Word, enveloped in obscurity.

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They have lost their path. The house of Israel, like the house of Gerontion, is decayed, dry, wind-sieged. The tiger is a reference to the Christ. When and why did it happen? He goes on to describe the mundane household he was in.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Critical Analysis

Summary and Analysis Morning at the Window: Think Neither fear nor courage saves us. The contrast that is important is the contrast between the secular history, western man and the promise of salvation through Christ. It is well-known that Eliot intended the ‘Gerontion’ of to be a part of The Waste Land ofwhich was already in preparation, and that Ezra Pound dissuaded him. All of those ruined houses in windy spaces–from Gerontion’s withered brain to Europe’s war-shattered civilization–are suddenly placed in the context of the rejection of Christ.

The Criterion Faber and Faber T. The body of Christ is a house apart in “Gerontion”; it also stood in a dry and windy land, but instead of decaying in the general aridity, it was arrested in full strength and destroyed.


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T S Eliot first began to write poetry when he was Written histories also have “cunning passages,” and historians write about “Issues. The fact is that the second stanza “follows” the first only in its arrangement on the page; logically and psychologically, the second does not follow at all. Gives too late What’s not believed in, or if still believed, In memory only, reconsidered passion.

Many phrases and lines were suggested by Eliot’s reading of Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists. This passage is crucial to understand “Gerontion,” for it identifies the 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.

By this he speaks of the human world, now corrupt, working mechanically, using their minds and not their hearts, and hence, as a result lost contact with Him. The poem is considered to be the preface of a long and one of the most important poems of 20 th century, The Waste Land written by the same poet. The tone of the poem is lamenting and depressing. In the specific part of the sermon to which Eliot alludes in his poem, Andrewes repeatedly declares that the Incarnation is a “wonder too,” a “wonder sure.