You need to speak to your teacher and ask for references. Then you need
to read them. You might start by looking at Southam's GUIDE TO THE
SELECTED POEMS OF T. S. ELIOT just to understand the sources. But
you do not want to be told a meaning you can write down that you have
not thought through yourself. In any case, it is a particularly difficult
poem, so I wonder if it was the required one for a paper or if you chose it.
If the former, even more reason to see your teacher. If the latter, you
might want to pick one less abstract and obscure.
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Subject: Needing assistance with "Sweeney Among the Nightingales"
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Hello everyone, I am new to this list. I am high school student and I need
help analyzing Eliot's "Sweeney Among the Nightingales." Specifically, I
need help with theme and symbolism (including allusions). I am really lost
with this one. If anybody can help me with the meaning of this poem or
help point out any symbolism or allusions, I would be most grateful. Thank