Dive deep into T. S. Eliot’s Gerontion with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. About T S Eliot. Thomas Stearns Eliot (T S Eliot) was born in in Boston, United States. However, he had his roots in Old and New England. standing “Gerontion,” the most important poem Eliot wrote be- tween “The Love Song .. The following analysis of the structure of “Gerontion” is based upon the .

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Like a figure in a medieval allegory whose name points to a concept that is abstract and general rather than personal and individual, Gerontion is not a person but one among many possible incarnations of the meaning of his name in Greek, “little old man. But does he gerongion this?

But Eliot does not seek to make this allusion solely about the Treaty analsyis a specific moment in history; instead, like the very phenomenon of a hall gerobtion mirrors, the meaning of the phrase glimmers with multiple meanings, with the poem relating not just to this point in history but to all history, all wars.

Separated from its context, the above passage seems to say that Christ refused to give the Pharisees a sign, demanding that they accept him by faith alone.

TS Eliot analysis ‘Gerontion’ (1920).

It has been used as the titles of plays by Van Badham and Charles Everedof novels by Max Frischand of albums by bands such as Waysted. Most of Christ’s career geronton devoted to giving signs to these professors of law and religion; but whenever a sign was given, the proud but unperceiving scholars took it for a wonder and, ironically, resumed their campaign gedontion a sign.

The psychological coherence of the first verse paragraph, instrumental in clarifying both the main structural principle of superimposed contexts and the main image of the house within the house, is abandoned as Eliot moves to his second stanza.

Blake and the Bible plus Jonathan Edwards and possibly Lancelot Andrewes, both theologians supply Jesus Christ as the tiger and the wrath-bearing Cross. The setting of the poem is an old, decaying house in a valley with fields overhead. The lines are spoken by the Duke to Claudio, a young man who is sentenced to death.


The literary critic Anthony Juliuswho has analysed the presence of anti-Semitic rhetoric in Eliot’s work, [31] [32] has cited “Gerontion” as an example of a poem by Eliot that contains anti-Semitic sentiments. And he was going to receive it too for he was removed from near the heart of Him. By this he means that in this world, where everything was changing too much and too fast, he was remaining the same, dull. gerontionn

Gerontion, by T S Eliot was first analjsis in the year He ends this paragraph by saying in the young year, came Christ the Tiger. And all this while, the old man is driven to a sleepy corner, excluded from the workings of the world. The source of his grief–the passionate Cross, the poison tree, “the wrath-bearing tree”–is both the crucifixion yew tree and the death tree of the hanged traitor, a token of Christ and Iscariot, redemption and the universal fall in Eden.

The relatively disjointed quality of both “Prufrock” and “Gerontion,” especially the lack of good continuity between the verse paragraphs, makes it hard to ascribe the language to a speaker, even one who is in the kind of extreme situation mentally or physically that is sometimes portrayed in dramatic monologues.

Hence the poem stands by itself. And he has no part in these workings, in these changes of modernism and so he has been driven into a sleepy corner, gerontioj by the world. Portrait of a Lady: But these sons of David are not the only tenants of this antique house.

The work relates the opinions and impressions of a gerontic, or elderly man, through a dramatic monologue which describes Europe after World War I through the eyes of a man who has lived the majority amalysis his life in the 19th century. Unlike Eliot, the speaker of “Gerontion” does not understand that his knowledge of history is his own “ideal construction,” and that a vision of historical chaos is a product of the mind analysos cannot unify the present and the past. Or the subject ajalysis an indicative verb may have been omitted.


Poem Annalysis by Poet. Benson’s life of Fitzgerald supplies the main setting, the “waiting for rain”, the boy, the blindness, even the housekeeper making tea. He says the signs are swaddled with darkness; but not really. Please do not consider them as professional advice and refer to your instructor for the same. Analyysis discarded passion of his own will rather than seeing it get corrupted. Gives too late What’s not believed in, or if still believed, In memory only, reconsidered passion.

This is a prime example of personification.

He says that all sinners analgsis divine judgement coming for them. It is to his advantage to be what Bradley calls an “uncritical historian” or what Eliot calls an “imperfect critic. Pound, Eliot, and the Sense of the Past. As far as the overall structure of the poem is concerned, this stanza takes the most teratical image of the previous stanza–the Jew lying in wait analysid his prey–and superimposes one of history’s greatest houses, the house of David.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Critical Analysis

They allude to something much more significant and important. He thinks of history as a system of corridors ingeniously contrived to confuse and finally to corrupt the human race. Many phrases and lines were suggested by Eliot’s reading of Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists. This, in contrast with the hotly described battlefield experiences only enhances the condition the old man is currently in.

Summary and Analysis of Gerontion by T S Eliot – Beaming Notes

There is a real kingship between Gerontion and Tiresias. Amalysis make this website work, we log user data and share it with processors. Archived from the original on 28 July He comes in “Depraved May” the Easter season, the time of the crucifixion and denial. Registration Forgot your password?