The Hollow Men – T.S. Eliot

Rating: ★★★★

Between the conception13627214
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…

…I read this, and get hit by countless images, multiple voices and associations, and a sense of closeness, being all part of the hollow individuality, the shape without form, shade without colour, paralysed force, gesture without motion; oblivious to the bang and the whimper.
Way to go, Eliot.

* Photo credit: Book cover via Goodreads.


2 thoughts on “The Hollow Men – T.S. Eliot

  1. Just enough to whet the reader’s appetite; an intoxicating foretaste… Thank you for saving my shallow day with this stunning stanza and the hauntingly befitting image!

    How could one not proceed to savour the whole poem? Discovering this:

    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.

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