T.S Eliot's "The Waste Land"


In T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land you perceive many images from the
writing style he uses. In lines 386 - 399 he writes:
In this decayed hole among the mountains
In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing
Over the tumbled graves, about the chapel
There is the empty chapel, only the wind's home.
It has no windows, and the door swings,
Dry bones can harm no one.
Only a cock stood on the rooftree
Co co rico co co rico
In a flash of lightning. Then a damp gust
Bringing rain
Ganga was sunken, and the limp leaves
Waited for rain, while the black clouds
Gathered far distant, over Himavant.
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possibly referring to the white light many people see when they
have near-death experiences. You get a creepy feeling when the wind blows
and makes the “grass sing” in line 387. In these first three lines it
talks of tumbled graves, possibly disturbed by nature, which could tell of
troubled lives, or a troubled second life.
The empty chapel without windows is nearby, as you perceive from
lines 389 and 390:

There is the empty chapel, only the wind's home.
It has no windows, and the door swings

It's image makes you shiver. It could possibly represent itself, in the
sense that many people die there, as in baptism, as well as dying, where
this place may be the starting point for a second, never-ending life. The
chapel has no windows, maybe so that the people inside would not loose
focus from the sermon. The chapel could represent death as well, since you
go in and cannot look back out.
The rooster in lines 392 and 393 may symbolize the beginning ...

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