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The Hollow Men

"The Hollow Men" by T. S. Eliot is representative of Modernist poetry in several ways. First, Modernist poetry tends to be shorter, more self-contained, and more open to interpretation than poetry...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016, 2:05 am (UTC)

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"The Hollow Men" is a fragmented work, even by Eliot's standards. It is divided into five sections, and the connections between them are primarily thematic (the major themes being death,...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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"The Hollow Men" emerged out of the aftermath of World War I. It can be seen as a paradigm example of modernism in that it reflects a cultural environment in which all the old certainties have been...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019, 5:31 am (UTC)

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The "cactus land" and the "dead land" are different representations of the kingdom of death within the poem. The structure of the text is a series of contrasting images of sterility and fertility....

Latest answer posted July 7, 2009, 6:13 am (UTC)

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The last stanza of "The Hollow Men" reads as follows: This is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsThis is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper. The poem reflects...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2021, 11:43 am (UTC)

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As in much of his poetry, in "The Hollow Men" Eliot uses a basically free-verse format with modifications in which the lines take on a quasi-metrical quality at times. For instance: The...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018, 5:51 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019, 7:01 pm (UTC)

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T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" is considered a modernist poem for both thematic and stylistic reasons. In terms of style, the poem is written in a form that stretches the bounds of traditional meter...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018, 3:57 pm (UTC)

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Lines thirteen through eighteen of "The Hollow Men" further reinforces the imagery of death and isolation created throughout the poem. Overall, these lines suggest that the Hollow Men wish for...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012, 4:01 pm (UTC)

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The post-World-War-I Zeitgeist is usually identified as one of disillusionment and pessimism. An entire generation of young men had gone to war with expectations of glory, and had seen only death...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2018, 3:08 am (UTC)

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Much like his modernist masterpiece The Waste Land, Eliot's "The Hollow Men" can only really be understood against the historical and cultural backdrop of the years following the First World War....

Latest answer posted May 18, 2021, 8:35 am (UTC)

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I'm not sure that I would necessarily identify anything specifically "post-war" about the themes of "The Hollow Men." An interesting phenomenon is the continuity of modernist thought between the...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2019, 10:07 pm (UTC)

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"The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot is an example of a modernist poem. The poem was published in 1925 at the height of the modernist movement, which included literature, visual art, and film. Modernism...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2017, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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I'll try my hand at answering this question, but I hope that others give it a shot as well. I re-read the poem at the site that you gave, came up with my own interpretation of the Shadow, and then...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2010, 4:32 am (UTC)

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Eliot's "The Hollow Men" is filled with images of futility. Published in 1925, the poem captures the feelings of the "lost generation" of young people coming of age in the aftermath of World War I....

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020, 12:31 am (UTC)

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"The Hollow Men" emerges out of much the same social context as Eliot's earlier "Waste Land." The period following the First World War was a time of increasing social alienation as Western society...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2017, 11:14 am (UTC)

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Both poems by T.S. Elliot, "The Naming of Cats" and "The Hollow Men" differ mainly in both length and mood. One has a more joyous tone, while the other is bleak and sombre. "The Naming of Cat" is a...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012, 4:23 pm (UTC)

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I know it's long, but it's an excerpt from a paper I wrote many years ago. I've tried to bold the main points, but the supporting evidence is significant as well. Essentially, each of the epigraphs...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010, 7:19 am (UTC)

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Dessication means drying up or aridity. Eliot uses many images of dryness in the poem as a metaphor for the dead, shriveled souls of the people of the Lost Generation, the young adults like him who...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019, 1:47 am (UTC)

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In my opinion, "The Hollow Men" is both. All of Eliot's poetry is a commentary on things already happening in early twentieth-century social and intellectual life. Alienation and despair are the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2018, 4:52 pm (UTC)

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"The Hollow Men" is written in five parts. Since only a choric ode would likely use plurals, it is easy to identify all the sections but section 2 as choric odes, since they all use the plural...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2021, 8:55 pm (UTC)

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The function and range of images in this important poetic work serve to highlight and explore the post-war malaise that characterised so much of life following the Great War of 1914-1918. The...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2013, 9:01 am (UTC)

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T. S. Eliot once said that he came up with the title “The Hollow Men” by combining the title of Rudyard Kipling's poem “The Broken Men” with the title of William Morris' story “The Hollow Land.”...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2022, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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