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Analysis and comments on The Hippopotamus by T.S. Eliot

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Comment 25 of 31, added on February 23rd, 2011 at 10:54 AM.

I think this poem is quite siimple, Eliot wrote this poem before he
converted to christianty. He feels odd between the layers of the society
like a hippo in a mud , mud here symbolizes sins and symbolicy states his
believe in god but not that earthly church

Faisal Abuzeani from Palestine
Comment 24 of 31, added on September 26th, 2010 at 1:57 AM.
T S Eliot - The Hippopotamus

Two things not raised in what I have read here.
Firstly the poem is addressed to the Laodecians.
To quote another source: "the pejorative term Laodicean is used in the
English language to refer to those neutral or indifferent in matters of
Perhaps Eliot thought this poem would rock this tepid indifference?
Secondly, the Church (Catholic at least) does not believe that animals can
ascend to heaven. His vision is an affront to such believers.

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Comment 23 of 31, added on June 11th, 2010 at 9:59 AM.
destroy of chuch

i sure that this poem shows invalidity of the church.This admitation from
this poet expresses the stute of peopl with church.The substitution is Islm

Naif alarabi from Yemen
Comment 22 of 31, added on November 21st, 2009 at 11:02 PM.
"The Hippopotamus" by T.S. Eliot

The Hippopotamus seems to me to be a satirical view of the
institutionalized church and its stereotyped utterances…Mankind is weak and
frail whereas the church claims to be strong and timeless…when man gathers
possessions he is sinful but when the church does it, it is honorable…the
ludicrousness of the resurrection story…the church’s fervent claims of a
physical location, virgin-filled heaven…The capital letters on True Church
suggest to me that he saw it as an untrue church wrapped in the miasmal
mist of all its deceptions and false claims through the ages.

Evan Clingman from United States

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Information about The Hippopotamus

Poet: T.S. Eliot
Poem: 8. The Hippopotamus
Volume: Poems
Year: 1920
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Apr 2 2007

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