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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Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Summary

He is also not far from the judgment of God as he was removed from elioot the heart of Him. Because of the loss of his passion he was removed.

He rejected his passion of his will because he did not want to see his passion getting corrupted. He states the modern condition of human being mechanized and running here and there with their cold heart.

He confesses that he does not have any active participation in the hustle and bustle of the modern world so he has been living in a forlorn corner far away from the present world.

He laments on the direction the modern world has taken to head.

A Short Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s ‘Gerontion’ | Interesting Literature

His house is in ruins both literally and metaphorically. The berontion to Greek tragedy — such as the ruin of the house of Atreus and to the decay of European nobility are important, because the ruin is blamed on the decadence of capitalism, the growth of a herontion money-culture without roots, identified by Eliot with his silly anti-Semitism with the Jews!

There is a Biblical reference. In Jesus’s time, the people would say: The word “Swaddled” may refer to the child Jesus swaddled in a ‘manger in Bethlehem. John’s Gospel, the Christmas story is missing, but instead there is a metaphysical, very Greek, prologue explaining that Jesus was the Word of God “Logos” made flesh 8. In this sense the Word “swaddled in darkness” the infant Jesus is a symbol of man’s rejection of God’s love.


Thus, when Christ appears in all his glory he is like a tiger, a terrifying apparition. Spring is “depraved May”, a e,iot of sexual stirrings. Though Christ is in opposition to the world, and the gerontioj, God’s spirit geeontion also present in the created natural universe, and above all in the spring in which Nature renews itself.

Though Gerontion represents a decayed and dying humanity, he recognizes elipt alarm the gerotnion energy of that humanity when in the spring in which Nature renews itself, and the sexual power blooms.

Their invocation stresses the decay of aristocratic Europe. Europe has become a museum instead of real civilization. The wind once more rattles the door to disperse his memories.

The next paragraph is a meditation by Gerontion on his failure, and on all failure. How can we earn forgiveness? How can we redeem the past?

History egrontion to have no pattern, but mocks man’s decisions and plans. Vanity and ambition are history’s chief guides. History like Nature is a blind force. She gives ‘too much knowledge when we are too old to act; she gives us energy, ambition and confidence when we haven’t the knowledge or wisdom to act. 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.

Courage can’t save us — because we don’t know what bravery is for; and fear stops us doing the actions which might bring good. Courage, heroism, may lead to “unnatural vices.

Gerontion then returns to the impact on this world of a spiritual awakening from outside. At this point Gerontion seems to address his remarks to a woman present in his memories only and the sexual content places the religious speculation of the earlier sections.

Beauty is replaced geronrion terror, terror geromtion of old age’s ravages the physical decay but terrors of the truth “terror in inquisition” that when physical passion can no longer be expressed there gerontio be nothing left of the love between them. He has lost his “sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch” and therefore can have no contact with a woman.

In the last section, he considers other old men of life and literature who have tried to revive in old age their sexual potency and pleasure.


The principle reference here geronntion to Sir Epicure Mammon in Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist who, though old, dwells on the delicious pleasures of food “pungent sauces” and sex, which he hopes to obtain through the alchemist’s aid.

Amongst the aphrodisiacs which Mammon’s fertile imagination conjures up to “excite the membrane” is a room full of mirrors in which his naked mistresses will be reflected with “multiple variety”.

At last human effort and energy are shown to be useless and futile. Human beings De Bailhacehe, Fresca, and Mrs. Carmel are whirled about in space with all the planets and stars “in fractured atoms” another reference to Henry Adam’s chaos. Gerontion too has been driven by the Trade Winds of time “To a sleepy corner. Journey of rliot Magi: Morning at the Window: Rhapsody on a Windy Night: The Love Song of J. Sweeney among the Nightingales: Portrait of a Lady: 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 actual thoughts form the poem.

Gerontion by T. S. Eliot: Critical Analysis

He sadly misses the fight in the wars and regrets his living in the common place which is full of boredom. He goes on saying that there is a loss of humanity in the modern world.

The truth is darkened and molded in any way one likes as gerojtion their wish. The divine judgment is there already for all the sinners.

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