in what ways does Preludes by T. S. Eliot express the situation of modernity?

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The image of the modern in Preludes by T. S. Eliot is conveyed through striking visual and sensual imagery of an urban wasteland, as in the lines:

 

One thinks of all the handsThat are raising dingy shadesIn a thousand furnished rooms.

 

This quotation evokes modernity in...

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The image of the modern in Preludes by T. S. Eliot is conveyed through striking visual and sensual imagery of an urban wasteland, as in the lines:

 

One thinks of all the hands
That are raising dingy shades
In a thousand furnished rooms.

 

This quotation evokes modernity in its portrait of mechanical reproduction that suggests that not only are the dingy shades mechanically reproduced and ugly but that the very life experiences of the people possessing the shades have been diminished and bereft of individual meaning by the depersonalizing fragmentation of urban life. The possibility of renewal and spiritual rebirth is presented as a dream world, in which imagination transforms the urban landscape to one into which love for God and neighbour can infuse hope, but that hope is not realized within the urban modern world.

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