Metaphysical Wit in T.S. Eliot’s Gerontion


  • Pallavi Srivastava Research Scholar, Department of English, Bundelkhand Degree College, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India.


T.S. Eliot revived metaphysical poetry in twentieth century when he discussed it at length in his essay, ‘The Metaphysical Poets’ in 1921. He was deeply influenced by the metaphysics and his poetry has it in abundance. Eliot’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 “Unification of Sensibility” 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 “mental painting” 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.


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Srivastava, P. (2018). Metaphysical Wit in T.S. Eliot’s Gerontion. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(8), 8. Retrieved from