T.S. Elliot - The Hollow Men


The imagery depicted in T.S. Eliot's poem "The Hollow Men" evokes a sense of desolate hopelessness and lends to Eliot's generally cynical view of civilization during this period in history. A reaction of deep and profound disappointment in mankind around him is made evident in this stark work, first published in 1925. In this short piece, Eliot enumerates several deep faults he finds in his fellowman, including hypocrisy, apathy and indifference, and leaves the reader with a feeling of overwhelming emptiness.
An important feature of this poem is the fact that the narration of the poem is in first person. This establishes Eliot's and the readers relationship to the images and ideas ...

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"dry grass" and "dry cellar." When he mentions the sound of "rats feet over broken glass" he succinctly and subtly prods at our anxieties about urban disease and decay, showing us a sort of fleeting snapshot, almost subliminally planted, and raising in us an instantaneous reaction of revulsion.
Eliot then mentions the dead, calling them "Those who have crossed...to death's other kingdom." These people are made real by Eliot's repeated mention of their eyes. He refers to them first as making their crossing into death with "direct eyes," meaning that they faced and succumbed to death, unable to turn away. Also he states they have "eyes I dare not meet in dreams," indicating that this narrator fears addressing death, either his own or those who have "crossed." Later in the poem, in part IV, Eliot returns to the eyes imagery with "The eyes are not here/There are no eyes here." The absence of eyes, here, indicates Eliot's condemnation of indifference among those still living to the ...

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