Metaphysical Wit in T.S. Eliotâ€™s Gerontion
T.S. Eliot revived metaphysical poetry in twentieth century when he discussed it at length in his essay, â€˜The Metaphysical Poetsâ€™ in 1921. He was deeply influenced by the metaphysics and his poetry has it in abundance. Eliotâ€™s Gerontioncan be called a metaphysical poem as it has all the characteristics of the genre. Gerontion is written in a form which sounds like a conversation and is religious in tone. The introspection of the narrator makes it a perfect example of â€œUnification of Sensibilityâ€ which Eliot always aspired for. The thoughts and feelings are united in a way which makes it a masterpiece. The poem is ripe with images which make it a â€œmental paintingâ€ of the narrator who is rewinding his whole life from past to present while waiting for his death. The paper scrutinizes the poem onthe metaphysical, religious and moral level.