But there was no information, and so we continued And arriving at evening, not a moment too soon Finding the place; it was you might say satisfactory.
There was a Birth, certainly We had evidence and no doubt. They also remember the smooth and beautiful girls back home who serve them with sherbet, a cold drink of watered and diluted fruit juice.
This gives them hope that their long suffering has come to an end. And then one fine morning She pulled back again, her blue eyes full of tears, grieving for me. Interestingly, there is no mention of gold, frankincense and myrrh, a star or the name Jesus; there is no indication that these magi are Persian astrologers, Zoroastrian priests come to welcome the messiah.
It is full of religious feeling. Note the syntax stretching and narrowing as the speaker puts the experience into perspective and asks that most potent of questions: The year this poem was written,was an important year for Eliot.
The speaker says that a voice was always whispering in their ears as they went that "this was all folly". At the end we preferred to travel all night, With the voices singing in our ears, saying That this was all folly.
The visit of the Three Wise Men of East to Palestine at the time of Christ's birth has been described in a very realistic way.
It picks up Eliot's consistent theme of alienation and a feeling of powerlessness in a world that has changed. As with other works, Eliot chooses an elderly speaker — someone who is world-weary, reflective, and sad cf.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling And running away, and wanting their liquor and women, And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters, And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly And the villages dirty and charging high prices: The poem is very symbolic and full of religious touch.
Pelican Books,passim. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet. Yale University Press,9ff.
The speaker is deeply affected by the birth, the shock waves changing lives for ever, alienating those around him, inviting his own demise. The Magi are a composite symbol of the spiritual quest. Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley, Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation; With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness, And three trees on the low sky, And an old white horse galloped in away in the meadow.
The speaker certainly had doubts about their 'mission' - thinking it foolish all folly - and the voices could have been their own, or those from dreams and nightmares.
Interpretation and analysis[ edit ] The poem is an account of the journey from the point of view of one of the magi. There are some who stumble on Eliots Christianity, but that should not be so.
The reader is encouraged to flow into the next line with hardly a hint of a pause. The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter. I would have to tell her. In this kingdom of spirit he visualizes the three crosses on Calvary, one of Christ and the other two of the two "male-factors".
This adds sound texture and interest for the reader: I told them what I had been through. The Magus talks about the birth of a baby, Christ, and at His death, the birth of a religion, Christianity, and, at the same time, the death of the old ways and the old religion: Consequently, they set on a journey to find the messiah and King of Judea and to present him with their gifts.
Retrieved 24 October I have no interest in medicine. And that curious half-line - it was you may say satisfactory. The speaker's voice is that of a magus, one of the three travelling 'wise men' or Persian priests or Zoroastrian astrologers and the narrative is split into three separate sections: In spite of this they continued their journey throughout the night.
Although they are already in Bethlehem, they cannot get the precise location of the birth of Jesus from the natives as they seem to be obsessed with drinking and merriment and absolutely unaware of the birth of the messiah in their town.
What was once familiar now seems alien. Journey of the Magi - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online.
It's a very beautiful poem and centralizes on the idea of a magi 5/5(1).
T.S. Eliot and the Theme of Journey of the Magi Journey of the Magi is a poem that explores the journey the wise men took when following the star to Bethlehem where the Christ child was born. It is a metaphorical poem, representing both birth and death, renewal and spiritual rebirth. The poem “The Journey of the Magi” is T.
S. Eliot recalling the journey of the three Wise Men to witness the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. In this Critical Evaluation, I examined the poem, in depth, and tried to show how the poet captured the emotion of the Magus.
T.S. Eliot's The Journey of the Magi is different. It is the story of the journey to the Christ child and back again. It is the story of the journey to the Christ child and back again. But furthermore, it's the story of what that journey does deep inside the poem's narrator, one of the magi.
T.S. Eliot broadens the thought on this story in such an immense way. "Journey of the Magi" is a poem about a life-changing trip that a few people took and the insight that only a great poet would see.4/5(8). Aug 27, · More information about the Poet: T.S. Eliot I know I'm out of my league in analyzing this poem.
I have a feeling that I need to know more about Christian allusions and T.S.
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