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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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. Like these women, history geeontion nowhere but to corruption. Even nature is an “ideal construction” for Eliot, a fabrication of the mind: One don’t miss it at all as the thing now stands.

Think now History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions, Guides us by vanities. From his draughty windows Gerontion looks up a barren hill: At the center is the physician, the Word, enveloped in obscurity.

University of Georgia Press pp. Summary and Analysis Thomas Sterne Eliot: When Eliot considered publishing the poem as the opening part of The Waste LandPound discouraged him from doing so saying, “I do not advise printing Gerontion as preface. As a critic also, he had an enormous impact on contemporary literary taste, propounding views that, after his conversion to orthodox Christianity in the late thirties, were increasingly based in social and religious conservatism.

The phrase “wilderness of mirrors” from the poem has been alluded geronhion by many other writers and artists.


The relatively disjointed quality of both “Prufrock” and “Gerontion,” especially the lack of good continuity between the verse paragraphs, makes it hard to ascribe the language to a speaker, even one who is in the kind of extreme situation mentally or physically that is sometimes portrayed in dramatic monologues.

He confesses that he does not have any active participation in the hustle and bustle of the modern world so he has been living in a forlorn corner far away from the present world.

The following stanza, found mid-poem, not only reacts to what has ggerontion been said, but sets the reader up for either resolution or disintegration: I have lost my sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch: Eliot is the author of The Waste Landwhich is now considered by many to be the most influential poetic work of the twentieth century. 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.

Born in Missouri on September 26,T. But without is the abyss also, yawning for those who in their twisted course have never found their center. Think Neither fear nor courage saves us.

This part gerontoon the poem is usually misread because no one notes that Eliot gerongion left the phrase borrowed from Lancelot Andrewes with “the Word” uncapitalized.

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There is a Biblical reference. Kazin suggests that in lines 33—36 the poem attempts to show how Eliot tells his generation that history is “nothing but human depravity”:. His house is in ruins both literally and metaphorically. Many lines of “Gerontion,”, including the opening ones, are conversational in character: It was gerontioj London that Eliot came under the influence of his contemporary Ezra Poundwho recognized his poetic genius at once, and assisted in the publication of his work in a number of magazines, most notably “The Love Song of J.


This stanza relocates readers, giving them a far more inclusive vantage point.

Eliot Prize Truman State University. But the poem provides no continuing determinate scene or narrative within which such lines can confidently be placed, geronfion there are sporadic indications of possible scenes and narratives.

As I mentioned in the introduction, Eliot’s drafts for “Gerontion” show that the passage on history was finished in all but one crucial point before other sections of the poem were given their final forms.

History like Nature is a blind force. Vanity and ambition are history’s chief guides. Virtues Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes. Andrewes is talking about the logos, the Egrontion within the word.

For yerontion Homeland episode, see Gerontion Homeland. His first book of poems, Prufrock and Other Observationswas published inand immediately established him as a leading poet of the avant-garde.

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The difficulty of maintaining the illusion of an “I” who speaks becomes greater as “Gerontion” proceeds, for example, in the poemm stanza with its sequence of sentences beginning with the verb “Think,” which continues into the next stanza. Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

Unlike Eliot, the speaker of “Gerontion” does not understand that his knowledge of history is his own “ideal construction,” and that a vision of historical chaos is a product of the mind that cannot unify the present and the past. There is a connection between Gerontion and Eliot’s understanding of F.