Gerontion - lassilaenglish

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THESIS STATEMENT
• The poem Gerontion by T.S Eliot is about
the opinion and impressions of a gerontic
through a monologue that describes Europe
after WWI
CONTEXT
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First published in 1920
Eliot considered using this poem as a preface to another work of his
called “The Waste Land”.
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Part of the modernism movement
This poem has two other versions the original script named Gerousia and
the second version which has commentary by Ezra Pound
FORM
• The poem opens up with a epigraph
• Has a total of 8 stanzas
• 2 stanzas with 2 lines
• Simple punctuation
• The first word in the whole poem is capitalized
LANGUAGE/STYLISTIC
TECHNIQUE
• Tone : Located in lines 43-50
• Allusion located in lines 7-8
• Allusion located in lines 55-60
FIGURATIVE
LANGUAGE/FIGURES OF
SPEECH
• Rhetorical Question: Located in stanza 5 line 34,stanza 6 line
58-60 also stanza 7 line 65-67
• Imagery : Ex-” Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain .I was
neither at the hot gates nor fought in the warm rain.
• Personification: Located in stanza 7 lines 71 and 73
FIGURATIVE
LANGUAGE/FIGURES OF
SPEECH CONT’D
• Metaphor: The tiger
• Juxtaposition: Also the tiger
SOUND
• Alliteration: Located in stanza 5 line 34
• Repetition
• Free Verse
CONCLUSION
• The poem “Gerontion” by T.S Eliot is about an older
man and his views and opinions about WWI. Eliot uses
allusions, imagery and personification to get the mood/tone
of the mans thoughts acrosss to the reader.
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