As such, I would like to explore the ‘single resonating’ voice that Eliot’s poetry contains through the examination of three keynotes: Man’s fear of mortality; the disillusion and alienation of the Modernist world; and the continued search of truth and existentialism.
By appropriating the original ‘mulberry bush’ to ‘prickly pear,’ Eliot creates a sense of disillusionment and alienation by evoking the morbid imagery of innocent children infinitesimally running around a prickly cacti.
It fills me with a feeling of paralysis as I feel trapped within a torturous scenario, in which every direction seems antagonistic and fearful. Eliot’s resonating voice of disillusion and alienation fills responders with the prevailing fear of a world without progress and where actions has no direction.
The ‘single resonant voice’ of Eliot is clear through deliberate capitalisation and lower case of ‘Birth,’ ‘Death,’ ‘birth,’ ‘death.’ This signifies the moment of how ‘truth’ is attained, becoming the end point of our personal history as well as the catalyst for a new beginning. In this way, I have come to acknowledge that Eliot remains the quintessential poet of the English language precisely because his poetry endures through his impersonal way– that of a fearful, disillusioned modernist seeking truth in a alienated, and desolated world.
Philips James Elliot was a famous evangelical Christian Missionary, who sacrificed his life for the church along with four other missionaries in Ecuador.
After his death, his dream was carried on by his wife.
This missionary is still remembered for his selfless devotion to God and his zeal, tempered by love, to guide people.
In particular, I was able to resonate with Eliot’s personas across various poems including Eliot, one of the most preeminent literary figure of the Modernist era, attempted to capture the zeitgeist of the early 20th century though the fragmentation of textual form, experimentation and subversion of traditional mediums.
His poems, set in the Modernist period, was characterised by the shell-shocked horror of the Great War, unexpected breaks with traditional ways and the disillusion of faith and religion in the context of a new world full of industrial mechanisation.
As a result, I am able to grasp the resonating impact of Eliot’s powerful allusion, which captures the temporary respite of man’s penultimate death.
The vision of the “white horse [galloping] away,” fills me with a sense of immediacy and relief, knowing that the birth of Christ has averted the Apocalypse.