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Analysis and comments on The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot

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Comment 57 of 257, added on March 6th, 2011 at 6:38 PM.
The Hollow Men

I believe that the author was presient in that he predicts that the USA
will ultimetly fail as a major force in the world. The foregoing comment
is based on
the paths we are following world-wide (we cannot continue to wage wars in
Europe/Asia/Afganistan and etc. succesfully.

romeo marafiote from United States
Comment 56 of 257, added on March 6th, 2011 at 12:22 AM.

love this poem i want detailed explanation of this poem with related quoets

huma from Pakistan
Comment 55 of 257, added on December 9th, 2010 at 4:18 PM.

let it go.

herbert from Belgium
Comment 54 of 257, added on September 24th, 2010 at 6:59 PM.
The Hollow Men

I'm not sure how many even paid attention to it, but at the very begining,
"Mistah Kurtz - he dead" is a direct reference to Mr. Kurtz from The Heart
of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Likewise, "a penny for the Old Guy" is a
reference to Guy Fawkes (for those of you not familiar with British history
or the tradition of Guy Fawkes Day, google search it because I don't feel
like explaining it). Both of these men had "direct eyes", that is, they
knew what they wanted and how to get to their goal (however much they
failed) and both went out with a "bang" (Kurtz: "The horror, the horror!"
and Guy Fawkes was executed, I believe). I believe Eliot is commenting on
reality in this poem. For most people, their voices are "dry" and never
heard. Also, most people don't die in a truly exceptional way, no matter
what we'd like to believe. Usually, they die an insignificant death - like
a "whimper".
If you don't agree with my interpretation, well, that's the beauty of Free
Will. Either way, hopefully the historical and literary background
information helped.

Curious Thoughts from United States
Comment 53 of 257, added on June 26th, 2010 at 3:26 AM.

Here's an Australian theatre group's interesting, psychedelic musical take
on this hauntingly beautiful poem by Eliot.


CK from United States
Comment 52 of 257, added on May 18th, 2010 at 9:33 PM.

Not only was World War I NOT in the 1920's (1914 to 1918), it was hardly
unilaterally opposed like Vietnam was. Germany asked Mexico to join them
to make war against us, and that pissed us off. Not many Americans opposed
to pre-empting a direct and open threat from a foreign empire.

Anyway, this poem is incredible. Its beauty lies in its words and its
rhythm The utter hopelessness it conveys is chilling. I don't think you
really need to understand the history to appreciate it.

Michael from United States
Comment 51 of 257, added on May 7th, 2010 at 4:15 AM.

Did someone say WWI was the Vietnam of the twenties? You should probably
check the dates of that war and the geography. And really while your at it
do you know your address? Or where your wallet is? Or your first name for
that matter?

Comment 50 of 257, added on May 5th, 2010 at 3:51 PM.
To Sara

I beg to differ. You've only read the poem but you never actually learned
it. It's a beautiful piece of literature which questions both humanity and
the reader's faith.
Calling something "gay" just because you're too dimwitted to understand it
does not make you any smarter.
Try actually reading the poem if you'd like. It's not half bad once you
understand it.

Liz from United Kingdom
Comment 49 of 257, added on March 23rd, 2010 at 4:15 PM.

i didnt like this poem at all it was gay soorry

sarah from Bolivia
Comment 48 of 257, added on January 27th, 2010 at 7:51 PM.

You're right about there being know war in the poem itself "except the
battle that rages within." But if you look at the time period in which the
poem was published, WWI had just ended and, if you'd read up on it in a
history book, you'd find that americans had really mixed feelings about the
war. We felt like there was no point to it and the whole thing was totally
uncalled for. It was the Vietnam of the 20's. And sense it was that big, a
lot of poets and writers felt they needed to publish America's feelings. So
while there's no actual war in the poem, Eliot's most definitely refering
to the feelings of the nation.

Angela from United States

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Poet: T.S. Eliot
Poem: The Hollow Men
Volume: The Hollow Men
Year: 1925
Added: Feb 20 2003
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