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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The ancient image of the body as a house, central in the previous stanza of this poem, has a special meaning here.

The motif of the body as a house is extended in this stanza. In his immediate response to these Pharisees, Christ oversteps the racial definition of Israel by asking “Who is my mother? The grammatical indeterminacy disturbs the statements’ coherence in ways that resist resolution. Archived from the original on 3 July Neither passive fear not active courage will save us, says Gerontion, because history has duped us, perverting our heroic intentions.

An American Poetic Renaissance also states that the poem is centred upon the theme of impotence, arguing that old age gerontkon the poet “not wisdom but confirmed decrepitude and impotence. But Eliot’s opening fragment, “Signs are taken for wonders,” is as applicable to Andrewes as it is to the Pharisees, as applicable to the Christian Church as to Israel.

The passage gives rise to questions that it does not answer and that are not answered elsewhere in “Gerontion. Gerontion’s words have no metaphysical buttressing, and his language is studded with puns, words within words. Summary and Analysis Rhapsody on a Windy Night: 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 herontion London.

After a year in Paris, he returned to Harvard to pursue a doctorate in philosophy, but returned to Europe and settled in England in How can we earn forgiveness? Mystic, Son, and Lover. 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. Retrieved from ” https: Because of the loss of his passion he was removed. Think now She gives when our attention is distracted And what she gives, gives with such supple confusions That the giving famishes the craving.


He argues that Gerontion contemplates the “paradoxical recovery of freedom through slavery and grace through sin”. In his last revision, Eliot altered only one word: There is a Biblical reference. History is the whirlwind, for history is of the world, and history like the world destroys all that dares the test of matter and time.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Summary

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. Though Christ is in opposition to the world, and the flesh, God’s spirit is also present in the created natural universe, and above all in the spring in which Nature renews itself.

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

Eliot Interesting Literature Pingback: In Eliot’s doctoral dissertation, later published as Knowledge and Experience in the Philosophy of F. Gerontion concludes that this death-dealing doctrine came to devour those who do not devour “the tiger,” as do Gerontion’s fellow boarders.

Eliot and the Dialectic of Modernism. This poem is in the public domain.

Gerontion – Wikipedia

He is also not far from the judgment of God as he was removed from near the heart of Him. 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.


Some commentators believe that James Jesus Angleton took the phrase from this poem when he described the confusion and strange loops of espionage and counter-intelligence, such as the Double-Cross Systemas a “wilderness gerontiob mirrors”.

The tenuous psychological connections that critics have pointed to as transitions between these gernotion stanzas are inventions, not discoveries. They are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens, And along the trampled edges of the street I am aware of the damp souls of housemaids Sprouting despondently at area gates. One of the concepts in this stanza that maintains the overall theme, and ties it to previous and subsequent stanzas, is that of loss– a loss of confidence in reality as-advertised.

In the incident quoted above, Christ gave two signs of his divinity. The Pharisees witnessing these signs responded with their usual gerohtion, “We would see a sign!

Their invocation stresses the decay of aristocratic Europe.

The Boston Evening Transcript. Eliot’s Poetry and Plays: Eliot’s The Family Reunion repeats the horror: Think at last We have not reached conclusion, when I Stiffen in a rented house. Gerontion has lost the ability to partake in the same sexual endeavours that face Nathaniel Hawthorne ‘s hero in ” Young Goodman Brown “, yet Montgomery believes he has “turned from innocent hope to pursue significance in the dark forces of the blood”.

At last human effort and energy are shown to be useless and gerontionn.

Gerontion – Poem by Thomas Stearns Eliot

The woman keeps the kitchen, makes tea, Sneezes at evening, poking the peevish gutter. Create new account Request new password. This sermon deals with the particular theme of Christmas–the Incarnation. Eliot Cambridge University Press p. Virtues Are forced upon geronfion by our impudent crimes.