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The Hollow Men Analysis



Author: Poetry of Thomas Stearns Eliot Type: Poetry Views: 1760

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Mistah Kurz - he dead.

A penny for the Guy!



I



We are the hollow men

We are the stuffed men

Leaning together

Headpieces filled with straw. Alas!

Our dried voices, when

We whisper together

Are quiet and meaningless

As wind in dry grass

Or rat's feet over broken glass

In our dry cellar.



Shape without form, shade without color,

Paralyzed force, gesture without motion;



Those who have crossed

With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom

Remember us - if at all - not as lost

Violent souls, but only

As the hollow men

The stuffed men.





II



Eyes I dare not meet in dreams

In death's dream kingdom

These do not appear:

There, the eyes are

Sunlight on a broken column

There, is a tree swinging

And voices are

In the wind's singing

More distant and more solemn

Than a fading star.



Let me be no nearer

In death's dream kingdom

Let me also wear

Such deliberate disguises

Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves

In a field

Behaving as the wind behaves

No nearer-



Not that final meeting

In the twilight kingdom.





III



This is the dead land

This is the cactus land

Here the stone images

Are raised, here they receive

The supplication of a dead man's hand

Under the twinkle of a fading star.



Is it like this

In death's other kingdom

Waking alone

At the hour when we are

Trembling with tenderness

Lips that would kiss

Form prayers to broken stone.





IV



The eyes are not here

There are no eyes here

In this valley of dying stars

In this hollow valley

This broken jaw of our lost kingdom.

In the last of meeting places

We grope together

And avoid speech

Gathered on this beach of the tumid river



Sightless, unless

The eyes reappear

As the perpetual star

Multifoliate rose

Of death's twilight kingdom

The hope only

Of empty men.





V



Here we go round the prickly pear

Prickly pear prickly pear

Here we go round the prickly pear

At five o'clock in the morning.

Between the idea

And the reality

Between the motion

And the act

Falls the Shadow



For thine is the Kingdom



Between the conception

And the creation

Between the emotion

And the response

Falls the Shadow

Life is very long



Between the desire

And the spasm

Between the potency

And the existence

Between the essence

And the descent

Falls the Shadow

For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is

Life is

For Thine is the



This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but with a whimper.





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well...this is really complex poem.
first of all the very title alludes to other people or other works. As we know T.S. Elliot was one of the pivotal representatives of the modern poetry. On this very poem he discusses the hollowness of humans. As it is historically known England just ended the WWI or the great war. Everything is hollow no more good people just empty physically and spiritually humans. The mistah Kurts is an allusion for Mr. Kurtz from Heart of Darkness, while the \"Old penny for the old guy\" alludes clearly for Guy Fawkes, who wanted to burn the English parliament. So both these people lack the first one real human capacities because he became uncivilised and the second used as a dummy form kids on that specific holiday in UK. Typically for modern poets and especially for Elliot here we don\'t have a respectful hero. Rather here we are dealing with the opossite the antihero. thats all for the moment to break the ICE

| Posted on 2011-12-13 | by vrs


.: :.

well...this is really complex poem.
first of all the very title alludes to other people or other works. As we know T.S. Elliot was one of the pivotal representatives of the modern poetry. On this very poem he discusses the hollowness of humans. As it is historically known England just ended the WWI or the great war. Everything is hollow no more good people just empty physically and spiritually humans. The mistah Kurts is an allusion for Mr. Kurtz from Heart of Darkness, while the \"Old penny for the old guy\" alludes clearly for Guy Fawkes, who wanted to burn the English parliament. So both these people lack the first one real human capacities because he became uncivilised and the second used as a dummy form kids on that specific holiday in UK. Typically for modern poets and especially for Elliot here we don\'t have a respectful hero. Rather here we are dealing with the opossite the antihero. thats all for the moment to break the ICE

| Posted on 2011-12-13 | by vrs




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