Gerontion


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Gerontion

old man who deplores aging, aridity, and spiritual decay and despairs of civilization. [Br. Poetry: Benét, 391]
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Perhaps the uncertainty regarding the identity behind each female figure may spring from the ambivalence of the poet's and speaker's attitude, confusing sensual and divine love in their mysticism, similar to the themes and attitudes explored in Gerontion and other poems (Childs, 1997: 84), and influenced by Dante (Ellis 1983:211).
Gerontion (1920) is the first of the poems I have chosen to mis-read, so to say.
Gish--whose fascinating analysis of Gerontion as the poet's doppelganger is only distantly related to Dante--parallels Pierre Janet's "extremes of dissociation", so often objectified in Modernist literature, with Eliot's "dissociation of sensibility" (31-32).
Even then, that was itself a cultural indictment already tested in the presence of the Christ the tiger in Gerontion, published in 1921, and through, in 1922, the resurrected Christ wandering the deserts of The Waste Land, just before the thunder brings its healing rain; it may even be found in the eponymous hippopotamus of the quatrains fame ascending to Heaven ahead of the guardians of the True Church.
Eliot's Gerontion ('Here I am, an old man in a dry month') or his Sibyl from Petronius, stating 'I want to die' in the epigraph to The Waste Land--who sound very much like doubles of the man who speaks in the Canti.
Thus the Andrewes we discover in the later work is not simply a "mask" for Eliot--as is, for example, the voice of Baudelaire among so many in The Waste Land, or of Gerontion in the poem that bears his name.
His atavistic thinking never took the form of Eliot's moments in Gerontion, but in an age of the numerus clausus at American universities, Nef concealed his patricianal social antisemitism.
No deja de resultar asombroso que Eliot, el poeta de la impersonalidad, el predicador de la autoanulacion, haya creado un personaje tan memorable (junto a otros mas pequenos: Gerontion y Sweeney, por ejemplo).
Eliot's Gerontion we read early of `the jew' who `squats on the window sill' of the house where the old man lives; `the jew', who has moved between Antwerp, Brussels, London has become the `owner' of the house.
Eliot en su gran poema Gerontion, cita un famoso discurso de un orador antiguo donde habla de Christ, the tiger, Cristo el Tigre, el Cristo negro, la pantera.
Gerontion is dying in the confused and sordid mess of his life.