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T.S. Eliot And His Views On Life

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Poets with much intelligence like T.S. Eliot of his day are known to have many messages within their poetry. Sometimes these messages are those that critic something or that are enjoying something within life. Most poems are seen to be written as for example like riddles they aren’t always the easiest to pick out important messages from the poem. Rather it is much more difficult to pick these out because as the reader there might be first of all not much knowledge about the poet and his or her writing style. Or what was going on in that time era and the lifestyle and struggles back then. However, most poets always have something within simple words that become much more complex in the end when the real meaning of the poem is found by the reader. Although as mentioned sometimes these messages are more difficult to depict sometimes they are not. The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot is a poem of which is more or less a short version of one of his most famous works known as Wasteland in both these poems Eliot has a dark approach to society of his day. Although T.S. Eliot conveys many messages about life in The Hollow Men there are three very important messages he portrays which are; a people are all the same, humans living meaningless lives and our lives are full of despair.
To begin, T.S. Eliot shows how people living are basically all the same. T.S. Eliot does not let go of even his readers in this poem. Instead Eliot includes each and every single reader with the lines that he uses over and over again in his poem saying that. On page 1163 lines 1-5, “We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw, Alas! Our dried voices, when”. Here the poet really includes every single reader of this poem not by saying I or saying them but rather saying we which includes every single human being alive. He says that we are all hollow yet stuffed at the same time which creates a paradox we are all the same, hollow but stuffed at the same time all with dry and boring voices. Later on page 1164 he goes on to say in lines 11-15, “Shape without form, shade without color, Paralyzed force, gesture without motion; With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom.” Here Eliot makes a reference to say that we are all paradoxes in fact but also that he connects with Dante’s Paradiso which is a very dark thing to connect each human to. Humans live a life and then we all go to the same place which indicates that we are all the same.

Next, Eliot goes on to talk about just how meaningless our lives are today going as far to say our words mean nothing. On page 1163 Eliot says in lines 1-10, “We are the hollow men We are the...

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