Is the statement that "at the heart of every modernist text is an absence" true of any poems by T.S. Eliot?writing a comparison essay on t.s.eliot poems, heart of dakness by Conrad and Waiting for...

Is the statement that "at the heart of every modernist text is an absence" true of any poems by T.S. Eliot?

writing a comparison essay on t.s.eliot poems, heart of dakness by Conrad and Waiting for Godot by Beckett

want answers explaining absence of God, of Answers, meaning etc

1 Answer | Add Yours

thanatassa's profile pic

thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

Perhaps the best poem by T. S. Eliot to use as an example of your statement that at the heart of any modern poem is an absence is “The Waste Land”, although “The Hollow Men” and many of his other major works have similar themes as well. “The Waste Land” is about the disintegration of modern society. Without traditional shared cultural and religious values, that link rulers and ruled, divine and human, and science and emotions, culture fragments. This fragmentation affects not only literature, but also human relationships; without a common core of reference or shared tradition, Prufrock is adrift and the Fisher King infertile. The absence of God and absence of a cultural centre are both, for Eliot, crucial problems with the modern tradition.

Sources:

We’ve answered 318,957 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question