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Imagery Depicted Through TS Elliots The Hollow Men The imagery depicted in TS Eliots poem The Hollow Men evokes a sense of desolate hopelessness and lends to Eliots generally cynical view of civilization during this period in history A reaction of deep and profound disappointment in mankind around him is made evident in this poem first published in 1925 In this short piece Eliot lists several deep faults he finds in his fellow human beings including hypocrisy insensability and indifference Overall Elliot leaves the reader with a feeling of overwhelming emptiness An important feature of this poem is the fact that the narration of the poem is in first person This establishes Eliots and the readers relationship to the images and ideas presented When the poem begins We are the hollow men rather than They are or You are the reader is immediately included within this poem along with Eliot himself This type of narration creates a sense of common hollowness and by the end of the poem therefore a sense of common responsibility and guilt Early in the poem Eliot creates a world of desolation The idea of dryness is emphasized by the repeadted use of the word dry in the first stanza where we read of dried voices dry grass and dry cellar When he mentions the sound of rats feet over broken glass he subtly prods at our anxieties about disease and decay Eliot then mentions the dead calling them Those who have crossedto deaths other kingdom These people are made real by Eliots repeated mention of their eyes He refers to them first as making their crossing into death with direct eyes meaning that they faced and surrendered to death unable to turn away Also he states they have eyes I dare not meet in dreams indicating that this narrator fears addressing death either his own or those who have crossed Later in the poem in part IV Eliot
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