Thanks for the reference. I'll check it. I don't think I see it in "The Hollow
Men" in the same way, but I also don't mean to use the war as simply a
"source," as in the source-hunting tradition. In any case, Eliot was never
in the trenches, though he certainly knew men who were.
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Subject: Eliot and World War One
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> I spent much of the
> summer reading about WWI because I believe Eliot was much more
> immediately and directly affected by it and his poetry more focused on
> it than has been usually discussed.
In a recent issue of ELH, somebody proposed an interpretation of 'The
Hollow Men' as a Great War poem (the 'we' being soldiers in the trenches).
There were some intriguing parallels between the imagery used in the first
sections of the poem and motifs used by War poets, but on the whole I
couldn't help thinking that the reading was a bit far-fetched.
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