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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Sharpe suggests that Christ appears to Gerontion as a scourge because he understands that he must reject the “dead world” to obtain the salvation offered by Christianity.

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As we continue forward, we find that these phrases are not literal. The tenants in Jacob’s greater house include, then, Christ’s adopted brothers and joint heirs, including in this stanza the seventeenth-century preacher, Lancelot Andrewes.

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 gerohtion of Anthony David Moody, presents the same sexual themes that face Prufrock, only this time they meet with the body of an older man. Many of the themes within “Gerontion” are present throughout Eliot’s later works, especially within The Waste Land.

Unnatural vices Are fathered by our heroism. His poems in many respects articulated the disillusionment of a younger post—World War I generation with the values and geronyion literary and social—of the Victorian era. Hugh Kenner has noticed that Eliot’s characterization of Senecan drama provides a fair description of “Gerontion. In his immediate response to these Pharisees, Christ oversteps the racial definition of Israel by asking “Who is my mother?


Instead of being located, grounded in a referential way, the language, which is full of gerotion, tends to float; it refuses to be tied to a limiting scene or to a limited meaning. Because of the loss of his passion he was removed. In his last revision, Eliot altered only one word: Is Gerontion gerontionn sinner who, now he comes to reflect on his life, tries and struggles to find meaning in gerohtion all?

Analysis The Hollow Men: Eliot- Eliot’s The Family Reunion repeats the horror: The decayed house can literally refer to the house he was currently in or it can also be a metaphor for his own state; a body which was past its prime. His house is in ruins both literally and metaphorically. Leave this field blank. Create new account Request new password. It is there that the old man who is the speaker of this poem resides with other tenants of the house. GerontioonEliot had written about the necessity for tradition in his famous essay, Tradition and the Individual Talent.

Univ of Massachusetts Press p. The setting of the poem is an old, decaying house in a valley with fields overhead. The Love Song of J. I have lost my passion: It is well-known that Eliot intended the ‘Gerontion’ of to be a part of The Waste Land ofwhich was already in preparation, and that Ezra Pound dissuaded him.

Marion Montgomery, writing in T. The text for Andrewes’s sermon and for Eliot’s poem is the demand by the Pharisees that Christ give them proof of his divinity–“We would see a sign!


This is especially true of the internal geronrion within the poem and the narrator’s “waiting for rain”.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Summary

Henry Adams supplies the pessimistic philosophy of history, and of Nature as chaos. It does not properly begin, and it does not end; it simply starts, and then, without a period or even a comma, in the middle of a sentence, in the middle of a line, it stops.

The rejection of Christ by his brothers in blood led to an expansion of the house of Israel. The admirable blank verse of the poem is based on Eliot’s careful study of the post-Shakespearean dramatists.

In his rs on Andrewes, Eliot remarks that Andrewes is “extracting all the spiritual meaning of a text” in this passage.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Summary

We get an idea that the poem contains an old person and his thoughts. The result is that old men are angry and frustrated, all passion and no power, and young men are bewildered and fearful, all action and no knowledge.

Gwrontion has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions, Guides us by vanities. Think Neither fear nor courage saves us. Attention is focused on the house of the twentieth-century Church as contemporary participants in the Mass are superimposed upon the Pharisees and upon the seventeenth-century Church as accomplices in the ongoing rejection of Christ.

Penn State Pressp. But this is merely one suggestion of how to respond to the ambiguous and elusive images and statements in this poem.