T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" is a poem all about in-between states. In the fourth section of the poem, the tone and subject matter is very similar to the first three sections. The speaker is describing the land around the men that are "leaning together." The speaker says that "there are no eyes here." This could mean that the hollow men are blind, but it could also mean something altogether more horrifying, that there is no divine presence in their "valley." God isn't watching.
It is unclear what these men did, or more likely did not do, to be trapped in such a place. Many lines allude to a river, most likely the river Styx, meaning that they are watching souls be ferried into hell from their "last meeting place." Perhaps they are damned by their own hesitance. They have refused or are otherwise unable to pass on one way or the other. Perhaps such an existence is preferable to hell, or perhaps divine negligence is worse than divine punishment.
Whatever the case, the mental state of the...
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