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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It is as if Eliot had geroniton decisively towards despair. Gerontion’s mind shifts continually between his present situation and his past memories. That is precisely what Gerontion cannot do. Against them is set the “word within a word, unable to speak a word”–the innocent Redeemer, swaddled now in the darkness of the world.

Andrewes is talking about the logos, the Word within the word.

InEliot had written about the necessity for tradition in his famous essay, Tradition and the Individual Talent. The next paragraph is a meditation by Gerontion on his failure, and on all failure.

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Gerontion by T. S. Eliot – Poems | Academy of American Poets

The principle reference here is to Sir Epicure Mammon in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist who, though old, dwells on the delicious pleasures of food “pungent sauces” and sex, which he hopes to obtain through the alchemist’s aid. The narrator of the poem discusses sexuality throughout the text, spending several lines, including lines 57—58 where he says:. This page was last edited on 29 Mayat The psychological coherence of the first verse paragraph, instrumental in clarifying both the main structural principle of superimposed contexts and the main image of the house within the house, is abandoned as Eliot moves to his second stanza.

In his essay on Andrewes, Eliot remarks that Andrewes is “extracting all the spiritual meaning of a text” in this passage. The text for Andrewes’s sermon and for Eliot’s poem is the demand by the Pharisees that Christ give them proof of his divinity–“We would see a sign! 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.


Eliot and the Dialectic of Modernism. The tenants in Jacob’s greater house include, then, Christ’s adopted brothers and joint heirs, including in this stanza the seventeenth-century preacher, Lancelot Andrewes. Seduced by paradox, they were enthralled by the wonder of omnipotence dependent upon a young woman for diaper changes, of omnipresence locked up in infant flesh. I have lost my sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch: His house is in ruins both literally and metaphorically.

History is the whirlwind, for history is of the world, and history like the world destroys geromtion that dares the test of matter and time. Tenants of the house, Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Critical Analysis

The word within a word, unable to speak a word, Swaddled with darkness. Gerontion also worries about the decay of religion from Christ to the present debasements, the whisper of devotion now offered to decadent gods: Given the idealist historicism that Eliot inherited from Bradley, history cannot possibly be an “other,” separated from the self who conceives it.

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Summary and Analysis Morning at the Window: Virtues Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes. Their invocation stresses the decay of aristocratic Europe. My house is a decayed house, And the jew squats on the window sill, the owner, Spawned in some estaminet of Antwerp, Blistered in Brussels, patched and peeled in London. This stanza relocates readers, giving them a far more inclusive vantage point. The futility of a world where men blunder down the blind corridors of history, 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.

Here Gerojtion has quoted St. With the publication of The Waste Land innow considered by many to be the single most influential poetic work of the twentieth century, Eliot’s reputation began to grow to nearly mythic proportions; byand for the next thirty years, he was the most dominant figure in poetry and literary criticism in the English-speaking world.


By relying on Bradley, Eliot is able to formulate his own scepticism and states: When evening quickens faintly in the street, Wakening the appetites of life in some And to others bringing the Boston Evening TranscriptI mount the steps and ring the bell, turning Wearily, as one. Views Read Edit View history. One don’t miss it at all as the thing now gerontioj. Journey of the Magi: Although the second stanza 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.

Alfred Prufrock ” and The Waste Landand other works published by Eliot in the early part of his career, ‘”Gerontion” discusses themes of religion, sexualityand other general topics of modernist poetry.

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The difficulty of maintaining the illusion of an “I” who speaks becomes greater as “Gerontion” proceeds, for example, in the fifth stanza with its sequence of sentences beginning with the verb “Think,” which continues into the next stanza.

But even, so the poem is a symbolization of a gerontoin which the Fisher King myths in Jessie Weston’s book made him possible for him to objectify in The Waste Land.

From Harmony of Dissonances: The history of western man is paralleled by Gerontion. Gerontiob Pharisees witnessing these signs responded with their usual request, “We would see a sign! Eliot’s main allusion in this second verse paragraph is to a sermon preached by Lancelot Andrewes before King James I on Christmas Day, The passage on history is a series of metaphors that dissolve into incomprehensibility:.

And into this history “Came Christ the tiger. Cammel, whirled Beyond the circuit of the shuddering Bear In fractured atoms.

In Jesus’s time, the people would say:

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