9/22/10

Poetry

Lately, I've been really enjoying those few moments when my assignments stray from the prose and enter into the much-contemplated and enlightening world of the poets. Even as I sat reading the biographical information for T.S. Eliot, I thought "I'm enjoying this...maybe more than is acceptable for a homework assignment."

You, too, should enjoy this section of T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men", which deals with post-war Europe, the Treaty of Versailles and Eliot's personal life. It's one of my favorite so far.

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Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o'clock in the morning.

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow

For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow

Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow

For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

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.

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