T.S. Eliot Preludes Structure

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Prelude IV is the last installment of a four part series of poems from legendary poet T.S Eliot. Like most of Eliot’s writing, including the three other installments of the preludes, Prelude IV criticizes the modern world and the state of humanity living in it. The goal of this essay is to interpret the specific criticisms within the poem as well as analyse its structure as well as its semantics. Structural Analysis Interpretation As previously stated, the core message of the entire Preludes is to criticize modern society and the status quo. Part IV, as with all poems from all poets, has numerous interpretations of the various elements within the poem. The word ‘soul’ in the first line, “His soul stretched tight across the sky,”…show more content…
The glimmer of hope can be many things for many people such as enlightment, love or perhaps religion. The latter of which can be supported by the idea of an “infinitely suffering thing” which in this interpretation refers to the suffering of Jesus and that man’s salvation lies in living life by Jesus’ example. The speaker therefore believes that if humankind ‘curls’ itself away from the direction it is heading and follows the path to god, than this civilization wrought with despair and decadence can be saved. However the thought of hope is but brief, as the speaker finishes the poem with images of a dark and bleak world, which revolves like “ancient women gathering fuel in vacant lot,” and this leaves the reader with a painted reality of a civilization that has lost its sense of meaning and direction that is so desperate that one cannot despair, but mearly “ wipe your hand across your mouth and laugh.” ----------------------- [1] Eliot T.S, Prelude I,

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