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					“The Hollow Men”

 A poem of modern angst
      By T.S. Eliot
What does this picture

                         Into the Night, by Potential-Chosen-One
   mean to you?
                           Part 1
We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.
                                             “The Hollow Men,” by Sive
      Answer these in your
1.   What is the significance of the
2.   Why do most people hate to be alone?
     What are they afraid of?
3.   Therefore, why do the hollow men “lean
     together,” even though their heads are
     “filled with straw”?
4.   Why should empty, shallow people be
     pitied? What are they missing in their
                          Part 2
Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death's dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death's dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer --
                                       “The Hollow Men,” by thebitterlegion

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom
      Answer these in your
1.   Why is it hard to look someone in the
2.   Why are people so afraid of being
3.   How might eyes be “sunlight on a broken
4.   What things do we do in order to avoid
     confronting our own weaknesses and
     failings? How do we distract ourselves?
                          Part 3
This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man's hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

Is it like this
In death's other kingdom
Waking alone
At the hour when we are
Trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss
Form prayers to broken stone.

                                        “Last Supplication,” by physalice
      Answer these in your
1.   What other “gods” do we worship?
2.   How is the real God a threat to a
     hollow, shallow person?
3.   Similarly, why might a hollow
     person feel threatened by
4.   Which is easier: watching TV or
     going to a religious service? Why
     is that so?
                              Part 4
The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms

In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river

Sightless, unless
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Multifoliate rose
Of death's twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.                               “Alone in the darkness,” by Sometimes-normal
      Answer these in your
1.   What’s the value in looking at our
     negative side? What can we gain
     from that?
2.   What can you learn alone that you
     can’t learn from your friends or
3.   What can be learned from silence?
4.   How does our culture encourage us
     not to learn deeper things?
                                       Part 5
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 desire
Between the motion           And the spasm
And the act                  Between the potency
Falls the Shadow             And the existence
For Thine is the Kingdom     Between the essence
                             And the descent
Between the conception       Falls the Shadow
And the creation             For Thine is the Kingdom
Between the emotion
And the response                                              Drawing by beautiful-shinigami
Falls the Shadow             For Thine is
                             Life is
Life is very long            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.
      Answer these in your
1.   Why is it hard to pray?
2.   Why is it important to try to
     pray? What can be gained from
3.   What do you lose by entering into
     a life of spirituality? Is that a
     bad thing?
4.   How do you interpret the last four
     lines of the poem?
          Making Connections
Connect the theme and mood of this poem to “Dover
Beach,” to the Modernist video we saw last class, and to the
clips from Lord of the Rings. Consider the theme of hope
and the challenge of making critical choices that can
change ones life forever. What keeps you going ahead?

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