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Analysis and comments on Ash Wednesday by T.S. Eliot

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Comment 27 of 147, added on July 13th, 2009 at 10:38 AM.

This poem is about the self purification of human soul.this is the way of
changing a life towards god.it alludes the spiritual life. though its not
the total christian poem but it is door for Eliot to write his next
christian poems.

Arin Jahan from Bangladesh
Comment 26 of 147, added on March 2nd, 2009 at 6:16 PM.

It should probably be mandatory that anyone preparing to read this work
should read the book of Ezekiel in a fairly recent Old Testament Bible
(Check out the N.E.T. Bible as a superb reference work), but that's only
the beginning. There are several extensive critiques available that very
likely cover a lot more ground than even Eliot intended, however, and they
are also worth the effort for the most part. Compared to his "The
Wasteland" this poem seems orders of magnitude more readable. Although for
both, having the proper background makes the whole experience much more

Jim Treat from United States
Comment 25 of 147, added on May 8th, 2007 at 11:29 PM.

well, i think i would've had a greater appreciation for, and a better
understanding of this poem if i was religious.
eliot had some interesting imagery... he used bones just like in The
Wasteland (i'm guessing as a symbol of death again). also, like in the
wasteland there are quite a few allusions that confuse the heck out of
me-i'm guessing most of them are biblical.
i noticed that he used some repetition and alliteration. a couple phrases
that stood out: "unbroken wings" "the blind eye creates"

mishLo from Japan
Comment 24 of 147, added on May 7th, 2007 at 9:43 AM.

Ash Wednesday is a very interesting and attention grabbing poem. It shows
the speakers need for God and how he feels he is "unworthy" for him. It
shows his lack of hope for everything in the world. TS Eliot uses great
metaphors and awesome figurative language! :)

nieve! from Ireland
Comment 23 of 147, added on May 7th, 2007 at 4:12 AM.

Although I did not understand every part of this poem, I was able to get
the gist of it, of the emotions and feelings that the poem seemed to
portray to whoever read it. Eliot seems to doubt/question his relationship
with God, and repeatedly says that he is not worthy. He prays himself, as
well as other sinners. Eliot is not alone in these feelings. Almost
everyone will question their faith in God, or any higher being in that
matter, at one point or another in their lives. I think that any religious
person can relate to Eliot while reading this poem, which is why the poem
seems to emit such powerful emotions.

lei lei from United States
Comment 22 of 147, added on May 7th, 2007 at 1:23 AM.

Well. I like The Waste Land better than this poem. Ash Wednesday seems to
have more of a relious feel to it and me not being very religious at all
finds it to be ummmmm interesting, but not intriguing. I find that The
Waste Land makes me want to read all the novels alluded to within it, but
Ash Wednesday doesn't compel me to learn more about religion.

My favorite part of Ash Wednesday is in part 2 where the bones are
"Where all loves end . . .Word of no speech." I dunno it just sort of
touches a chord somewhere deep inside. To think that there is a place
where all loves end is against the traditional fairy tales I grew up on.
These fairy tales ended with "and they lived happily ever after" assuming
that they continued loving each other forever. This contrasts that saying
that there is a place where love ends.
Or maybe this is a place where all love ends? As in this is a place where
all love winds up. Perhaps it is not the end of love, but just a final
place for love to exist.

J or die from Canada
Comment 21 of 147, added on May 6th, 2007 at 11:20 PM.

Compared to Eliot's other poem, The Wasteland, this poem was definitely
easier to read and comprehend. Possibly it can be attributed to my faith in
God, but nevertheless, I felt that I finally understood what Eliot talked

Throughout the poem, Eliot confesses his unworthiness and helplessness as
he cries out to the heavens above.

Errkuh from United States
Comment 20 of 147, added on May 3rd, 2007 at 4:50 AM.

Ash Wednesday evoked my pure appreciation for Eliot; his use of the English
language is eloquent, free-flowing, and quite simply, beautiful. His use of
repetition and analogies create a strong imagery in the reader's mind, and
his choice of diction portrays his passionate affair with God. Even without
being much of a religious person, Eliot was able to convince me that
believing in something greater than oneself is a worthwhile venture.

Casey Ohashi from United States
Comment 19 of 147, added on May 3rd, 2007 at 12:59 AM.

This poem, was an incredible poem to read. It was powerful, especially
because I am someone who believes in God. Although I did not understand
all of the allusions, metaphors, etc., I was able to get a feeling for this
poem by doing exactly that, feeling. This poem, was very thought
provoking, it made me stop looking for any meaning at all, in fact it made
me just read it and read it again just because it was so beautiful. It
brought forth emotions and I understood the message even though I did not
comprehend every line of the poem.

BcHaNg from New Zealand
Comment 18 of 147, added on May 1st, 2007 at 7:55 PM.

No matter that I can't understand a lick of what this poem is trying to
say, Zachariah opens up to me a whole new way of looking at it. It's

(Zachariah's comment is #1)

Kie from United States

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Poet: T.S. Eliot
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