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What are the modern elements in Eliot's "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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Explanation of the word Cactus land and dead Land from the poem the hollow men by T. S. Eliot?

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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How does the poem "The Hollow Men" fit the mindset of modern writers?

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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How does "The Hollow Men" by T. S. Eliot reflect the reality of humanity in the early twentieth century, and is the...

"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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In "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot, what have you learned about Eliot's view of humanity after WW I?

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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What are the musical devices, rhythm, and meter in "The Hollow Men" by T. S. Eliot

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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What literary movement is "The Hollow Men" a product of?

"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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Consider the following running motifs of The Hollow Men: broken objects, eyes, death's kingdoms, scarecrow imagery,...

"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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How does the mood of "The Naming of Cats" differ from that of "The Hollow Men?"

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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Explain images of futility and pointlessness in ''The Hollow Men'' by T. S. Eliot.

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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In T.S Eliot's poem, "The Hollow Men," what is the meaning/analysis of the 4th and 5th sections?

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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What are the connections between Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Guy Fawkes' idea to blow up the Parliament, & the...

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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Eliot's Hollow Men Analyze Eliot's The Hollow Men by explaining how the poem relates to postwar zeitgeist. In your...

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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Why is "The Hollow Men" called a work of fragmentation?

"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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What do lines thirteen through eighteen mean in "The Hollow Men" by T.S. ELIOT? THOSE WHO HAVE CROSSEDWITH DIRECT...

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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How does the poem "The Hollow Men" reflect the desiccation of humanity?

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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Please discuss the range and function of images in 'The Hollow Men'.

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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Is "The Hollow Men" written by T.S. Elliot a warning about coming events or a reflection of a situation that has...

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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