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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Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. EliotTreaty of Versailles. The tiger springs in the new year. Gerontino, he restored a paralyzed hand, and then he cast out a demon which was making its victim blind.

The truth is darkened and molded in any way one likes as per their wish. By transforming the Incarnation into an abstraction, by treating it as an occasion for rhetorical play, the Church had also taken the sign for a wonder. He is also not far from the judgment of God as he was removed from near the heart of Him.

He sadly misses the fight in the wars and regrets his living in the common place which is full of boredom. 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! Gerontion’s exploration of sinful pleasures takes place in his mind, according to Montgomery, as he can “discover no vital presence in the sinful shell of his body”.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Summary

The Church, furthermore, is occupied by desiccated and dying tenants housing dull and shriveled thoughts; the churchyard is parched and, literally as well as figuratively, packed with dry bones, dry stones, dry excreta. Marion Montgomery, writing in T. Gerontion then returns to the impact on this world of a spiritual awakening from outside. The Ground of our Beseeching p. Gerontion too has been driven by the Trade Winds of time “To a sleepy corner.

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History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions, Guides us by vanities. He thinks of history as a system of corridors ingeniously contrived to confuse and finally to corrupt gerontoon human race. To them the ritual meal is no “communion” but a cannibal “dividing. 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.

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 gerohtion.

Amongst the geronyion which Mammon’s fertile imagination conjures up to “excite the membrane” is a room full of mirrors in which his naked mistresses will be reflected with “multiple variety”. Eliot Cambridge University Press p. Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter.

This page was last edited on 29 Mayat The mind of the Pharisees is this new house, and it is in certain ways analogous to the mind of Gerontion. The motif of the body as a house is extended in this stanza.

His examination of history is an examination of the way we look at ourselves and the way we look at the past. The phrase “wilderness of mirrors” from the poem has been alluded to by many other writers and artists. Pound, Eliot, and the Sense of the Past. The passage on history is a series of metaphors that dissolve into incomprehensibility:. She gives ‘too much knowledge when we are too old podm act; she gives us energy, ambition and confidence when we haven’t the knowledge or wisdom to act.


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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Think at last We have not reached conclusion, when I Stiffen in a rented house.

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The reference to Greek tragedy — such as the ruin of the house of Atreus and to the decay of European nobility are important, because the ruin is blamed on the decadence of capitalism, the growth of a cosmopolitan money-culture without roots, identified by Eliot with his silly anti-Semitism with the Jews! Works Cited Eliot, T. Eliot scholar Grover Smith said of this poem, “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 dispel it.

By relying on Bradley, Eliot is able to formulate his own scepticism and states: Alfred Prufrock” in Poetry in Gerontion symbolizes civilization gone rotten. CATS musical, film. In his last revision, Eliot altered only one word: A Study in Sources and Meaning.

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