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Comment 31 of 61, added on December 18th, 2010 at 4:46 PM.
Journey of the Magi / Eliot
What I take from the sense of sadness and resignation in the narrator is
that he had this experience. He made this difficult journey. He was
searching for something, but when he found it, he could not bring himself
to fully accept the implications. This reminds me of the ending of that
Rilke poem "You must change your life". The narrator is unwilling to do
this, and because of this he cannot enjoy the reality or the fruits of a
true rebirth in Christ. He remains in the liminal zone of betwixt and
between, neither here nor there. Physical death would be a relief to him
because he can no longer enjoy the old but neither can he truly embrace the
new. To do so he would have to sacrifice the comforts of the old and the
familiar and leap boldly into the new, into the arms of Christ.
Catherine from United States
Comment 30 of 61, added on November 9th, 2010 at 12:49 PM.
throught my reading to this wonderful poem i concluded to the fact that it
goes beyond two important phases that is the first one is a physical
journey where the 1st stanza is describing its hardship while the rest of
the poem is emphasizing the spiritual journey that appears more difficult
than the 1st one..
assia zoubeir from Morocco
Comment 29 of 61, added on May 20th, 2010 at 9:55 AM.
wonderfull and deserve to be on the number one hot spot
Comment 28 of 61, added on March 17th, 2010 at 10:22 AM.
poetic devices in the journey of the magi by t.s elliot
its a very nice poem that one needs to read over and over again just like
the bible that brings different meanings each time it is read
ajisegbede oluwafunmilola toyin
Comment 27 of 61, added on January 3rd, 2010 at 11:27 AM.
I would be glad of another death
If we look at these words "I would be glad of another death" it would be
easy to be lead to believe the wise visitor of the Christ Child is feeling
pangs of despair. Despair however is not consistent with Christian
thought. The tiny baby born in the stable at Bethlehem is the cause of our
joy. "Do not be afraid" said the angels to the shepherds. Rather than
despair, another death, a physical one, is the point of entry into eternal
life where we look forever upon the face of Christ as the magus has seen
for himself. That face which is all hope and beauty and peace for a man
jaded of the things of this world. Recall another man, an elderly one,
Simeon the proghet, who waited his whole life in the temple to see the face
of of the redeemer. "Now you may release your servant oh Lord, for my
eyes have seen your salvation." He is glad of death because a life much
greater awaits him too. Happy Epiphany 2010!
Melanie McCormick from Canada
Comment 26 of 61, added on October 2nd, 2009 at 3:17 AM.
I think through this poem Eliot emphasizes the essential cycle of birth &
rebirth where neither the thought nor the action is lost with the death.
They are restored to be resumed.
The poem is above admiration.
Comment 25 of 61, added on November 3rd, 2008 at 12:49 PM.
journey of the magi is based upon a biblical story told in
Mathew,chap2,verses 1-12 magi is the plural from the classical word magus a
wise men from the east travel to Bathelem to behold the baby jesus, that
the three wise men from the east were kings is alater tradition the speaker
in the poem is one of the magi or wise men remembering his journey in olg
age the initial five lines are a quotation from a sermon preached by Bishop
Lancelot Andrews on chrismas day 1622 . These lines build up a
dispassionate rendering of the journey of the magi with the birth of the
christ , bad weather during the dead of the winter and a difficult long
journey contenue with reapeted later later also in the poem the camels
refused to move on being injured THe magi sometimes regretted undertaking
such a difficult journey . they left their warm homes for a freezing zone.
the pleasure of thier palaces were replaced by trials and problems.the
camel men also revolted in want of facilities for pleasure and comfort ..
Hostle towns, dirty village , costly inns made a hard time of it . passing
thought doubt and anguish the magi also thought of it as there fully
THIS IS AN analysis of the first part of the poem
Mohammed abdullah Alwashaly
Yemen\ Thamar University
mohammed abdullah Alwashaly
Comment 24 of 61, added on August 1st, 2008 at 8:13 PM.
jouney of the magi is a wonderful as well as a hearttouching poem....even
though it is hard 2 understand it is quite easier when understood....i
wonder how the poet could bring out meaningful similies for the biblical
incidents ,so succesfully...the sucess of the poet lies in bringing out
words which really posess entirely different meaning from what they seem to
neeraja from India
Comment 22 of 61, added on February 14th, 2008 at 6:14 PM.
T S Eliot is a poet with great wealth of language and philosophy. That is
why the poem cannot be understood after reading it once. I will advise
readers to go over it as much as possible.
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