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. Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Summary. At the beginning of the poem an old man is shown who is being read to by a boy. He starts drifting into his thoughts and the. Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Critical Analysis. Gerontion is a dramatic monologue of an old man who reminisces about his lost power to live and his last hope of.

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Gerontion – Wikipedia

He has lost his “sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch” and therefore can have no contact with a woman. Hugh Kenner has noticed that Eliot’s characterization of Senecan drama provides a fair description of “Gerontion. In short, an old person. He argues that the narrator writes each line of the poem with an understanding that he is unable to fulfill any of his sexual desires.

Critical Analysis Sweeney among the Nightingales: A huge contributor to modernism, Eliot died at the age of 76, in of emphysema.

They allude to something much more significant and important.

In this sense the Word “swaddled in darkness” the infant Jesus is a symbol of man’s rejection of God’s love. The contrast that is important is the contrast between the secular history, western man and the promise of salvation through Christ. Eliot is the author of The Waste Landwhich is now considered by many to be the most influential poetic work of the twentieth century. Even nature is an “ideal construction” for Eliot, a eliof of the mind: The old man in Gerontion is neither completely realistic character as Prufrock and the Lady were, nor does he symbolize a particular social class.


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.

Gerontion symbolizes a civilization founded on money values and secular rationalism, with no religious communion or human sense of community, a nightmare world of isolation and instability of restless nervous and intellectual activity, emotional stagnation and spiritual drought. Journey of the Magi: In context, the passage says almost the opposite. University of Chicago Press.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Summary

The war is but a big stage to showcasing the depths to which humans fell. Many of the themes within “Gerontion” are present throughout Eliot’s later works, especially within The Waste Land. EliotEric Whitman Sigg describes the grontion as “a portrait of religious disillusion and despair”, and suggests that the poem, like “The Love Song of J. Unlike Eliot, the speaker of “Gerontion” does not understand that his knowledge of history gwrontion 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.

He lived in St. Eds Carl Woodring, James S. A Very Short Biography of T. T S Eliot draws a tts honest and depressing picture of the world after the war when the humans were captured by modernism through this poem.

By this he speaks of the human world, geroontion corrupt, working mechanically, using their minds and not their hearts, and hence, as a result lost contact with Him. Gerontion thinks of the coming of Christ in two ways, first as a useless infant and then as a hunted tiger. A password will be e-mailed to you.

All of the techniques which Eliot brought to fruition in the latter poem were tested in this one. From his draughty windows Gerontion looks up a barren hill: Gerontion concludes that this death-dealing doctrine came to devour those who do not devour “the tiger,” as do Gerontion’s fellow boarders. Inhe left the United States for the Sorbonne, having earned both undergraduate and masters degrees and having contributed several poems to the Harvard Advocate.


The third stanza, which describes a corrupt eucharist ceremony, elaborates and complicates the houses already introduced in the poem. He is an allegorical figure who represents the shrunken state of Western religious ‘tradition and the morbid preoccupation of modern man with his own degradation. It is to his advantage to be what Bradley calls an “uncritical historian” or what Eliot calls an “imperfect critic. The use of pronouns such as “us” and “I” regarding the speaker and a member of the opposite sex as well as the general discourse in lines 53—58, in the opinion of Anthony David Moody, presents the same sexual themes that face Prufrock, only this time they meet with the body of an older man.

Kazin suggests that in lines 33—36 the poem attempts to show how Eliot tells his generation that history is “nothing but human depravity”:. The new writer is not only the product of tradition, he is part of it, and what he does may well alter it. True to the foreshadowing, the poem starts with an old man being read to by a boy. If you want to contact us regarding any particular content on the website, please use the contact page.

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. Eliot that was first published in Portrait of a Lady: The sentences may be in the imperative mood.