Selected Poems – T.S.Eliot (Part 2)

Book: Selected Poems – T.S.Eliot.
Status: Read.

More from Eliot, this time the quotes and passages I liked are taken from the poems ‘The Wasteland’ and ‘The Hollow Men’.
I couldn’t resist putting the ending of ‘The Hollow Men’ in, but it is famous so perhaps you can forgive me!
There will probably be a third Eliot post, who can resist?

The Wasteland

“April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.”

“…There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”

“’My nerves are bad tonight. Yes, bad. Stay with me.
Speak to me. Why do you never speak. Speak.
What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?
I never know what you are thinking. Think.’

I think we are in rats’ alley
Where the dead men lost their bones.

‘What is that noise?’
The wind under the door.
‘What is that noise now? What is the wind doing?’
Nothing again nothing.
‘Do you know nothing? Do you see nothing? Do you remember nothing?’

I remember
Those are pearls that were his eyes.”

“After the torchlight red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens
After the agony in the stony places
The shouting and the crying
Prison and palace and reverberation
Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With little patience”

The Hollow Men

“We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar”

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Taken from ‘Selected Poems’ by T.S.Eliot.
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2 thoughts on “Selected Poems – T.S.Eliot (Part 2)

  1. Nirinia says:

    Who can resist ‘The Hollow Men’? It is alluded to so much it is almost a crime not to know it. Great selection, as always.

    • niftybooks says:

      Thank you! It’s amazing… as usual I had heard of it long before I actually read it.
      It’s definitely opened my eyes to poetry but where to go from here!

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