Conrad Aiken, an American poet, writer, and playwright connotes that “Mr.
Eliot himself is forever abandoning us on the very doorstep of the illuminating,” and that Eliot’s poetry is instead a sort of “direction” to achieve a “kind of filigree without pattern.” capture a desolate world without God, as there are no higher being in the ‘sky’ watching the mortals below.
I was bewildered, yet puzzled, as if I was trying to look for a kind of “meaning” which was not there.
Yet, with each re-reading, I felt elucidated in what was a secret meaning that existed across each poetic stanza.
The pursuit of ‘peach’ then, acts as a pursuit of sex – an act of creating life, in direct antithesis of death.
In this way, one’s fear of mortality is highlighted when we are induced by Eliot to feel a sense of urgency for life’s ephemeral nature.Textual integrity is evident as Eliot’s poetry indirectly presents to us a sense of isolation and hopelessness through his sensual collage of sound, scent and sight that inspire readers to seek out their own interpretations. S Eliot’s prescribed poems, we as responders are able to hear a single voice – Eliot’s inner soul, resonating with us.His poetry endures precisely because of the impersonal way he has constructed the personal within us.The ‘single resonant voice’ of Eliot is clear through deliberate capitalisation and lower case of ‘Birth,’ ‘Death,’ ‘birth,’ ‘death.’ This signifies the moment of how ‘truth’ is attained, becoming the end point of our personal history as well as the catalyst for a new beginning. In this way, I have come to acknowledge that Eliot remains the quintessential poet of the English language precisely because his poetry endures through his impersonal way– that of a fearful, disillusioned modernist seeking truth in a alienated, and desolated world.Philips James Elliot was a famous evangelical Christian Missionary, who sacrificed his life for the church along with four other missionaries in Ecuador.After his death, his dream was carried on by his wife.This missionary is still remembered for his selfless devotion to God and his zeal, tempered by love, to guide people.His efforts to use the native language to communicate the word of Christ proved very effective.He also maintained a well-organized diary which recorded the trials and tribulations faced by him as a missionary.As a result, I am able to grasp the resonating impact of Eliot’s powerful allusion, which captures the temporary respite of man’s penultimate death.The vision of the “white horse [galloping] away,” fills me with a sense of immediacy and relief, knowing that the birth of Christ has averted the Apocalypse.