> 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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