thesis Statement • The poem Gerontion by T.S Eliot is about the opinion and impressions of a gerontic through a monologue that describes Europe after WWI
context • First published in 1920 • Eliot considered using this poem as a preface to another work of his called “The Waste Land”. • Part of the modernism movement • This poem has two other versions the original script named Gerousia and the second version which has commentary by Ezra Pound
form • The poem opens up with a epigraph • Has a total of 8 stanzas • 2 stanzas with 2 lines • Simple punctuation • The first word in the whole poem is capitalized
Language/stylistic technique • Tone : Located in lines 43-50 • Allusion located in lines 7-8 • Allusion located in lines 55-60
Figurative language/figures of speech • Rhetorical Question: Located in stanza 5 line 34,stanza 6 line 58-60 also stanza 7 line 65-67 • Imagery : Ex-” Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain .I was neither at the hot gates nor fought in the warm rain. • Personification: Located in stanza 7 lines 71 and 73
Figurative language/figures of speech Cont’d • Metaphor: The tiger • Juxtaposition: Also the tiger
sound • Alliteration: Located in stanza 5 line 34 • Repetition • Free Verse
conclusion • The poem “Gerontion” by T.S Eliot is about an older man and his views and opinions about WWI. Eliot uses allusions, imagery and personification to get the mood/tone of the mans thoughts acrosss to the reader.