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Imagery Depicted Through TS Elliots 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 stark work first published in 1925 In this short piece Eliot enumerates several deep faults he finds in his fellowman including hypocrisy apathy and indifference and 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 somehow in this description 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 repetition 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 succinctly and subtly prods at our anxieties about urban disease and decay showing us a sort of fleeting snapshot almost subliminally planted and raising in us an instantaneous reaction of revulsion 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 succumbed to death unable to turn away Also he states they have eyes I dare not meet in dreams indicating
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