Eliot’s Spiritual Quest In The Journey Of The Magi

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The Journey of the Magi, by T. S. Eliot is a poem written in the modern period. In this poem, the author illustrates a journey, a cold one, in which three people travel to a specific destination and there seems to be a lot of agony and sufferance throughout their journey. Although there seems to be a lot of obstacles and challenges in the road for the travelers, they seem to have a mission, an objective, a place to reach. The word Magi used in the title of this poem refers to the three mages that traveled to meet baby Jesus in Bethlehem on the day of His birth. Even though it might be obvious that the author explains a story known by many (the story of Jesus), he discusses challenging ...view middle of the document...

In the lines 11-18, Eliot keeps emphasizing on difficulties faced on the road because of the hostility of the men and how unfriendly they get when charging high prices. In its article, Overview:”Journey of the Magi”, Poetry for Students wrote: “Notice that there are ten “ands” in this sentence. Punctuating the list in a long phrase forces the reader to join one image to another, strengthening the poem's theme of the difficult quest” (Poetry for Students, 2000) The author seems to have very little patience when everything goes wrong, it is proven because of his complaining when everything does not seem to go the way he expects. His connotation of the winter is sufferance, hostility and non-friendly people. . Because of his persistence on the weather and its depressing consequences, the author makes his audience wonder if he is really asking himself if the Magi journey was really worth it.
It seems that the poem narrates the author’s personal challenges based on past and/or present spiritual experience; because of his stretch of the story provided in the Bible in Matthew 2. The author embarks us in his personal walk with God and exposes his personal faith and religious wonders. It is fair to assume that “winter” represents a cycle of the author’s life which is assimilated as a period full of confusion and a lot of wonders, when he says :
"A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.” (line 16-20)
Winter for the author might be the period where he seems to question a lot about his challenges to God but there seems to be no immediate answer and every other problem comes around which make the journey even more difficult
In the lines 21 and 22, a very tender switch is made by the author when he speaks about new vegetation and temperate valley; it seems that the winter days might have been over and...

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