London Bridge is Falling Down and Eliot’s Shantih Mantra from Upanishad
Keywords:furrowed, artery-convulsing, bleak images, religious texts
T S Eliot’s THE WASTE LAND is a groundbreaking poem in the domain of ENGLISH poetry. It is one of the most discussed poems in the 20th century. It explains the cultural and psychological crisis that the WW-1 had radically furrowed the humanity. The poem delineates the moral degeneration in the premise of contemporary Europe collapsing the rich cultural heritage of the bygone period. The falling down of London Bridge shows the artery-convulsing barren world that set bleak images of the modern world. The modern world is ‘’ the brown fog of a winter dawn’’ where men and women have only a physical relationship but devoid of religious texts and it is only ‘’ a heap of broken images’’ where ‘‘the dead trees give no shelter’’. Eliot, that’s why ,does fear to see the ‘’ stony rubbish’’ romance with a ‘’ hyacinth girl’ by the young clerk Carbuncular at the hotspot. Despite of that, Eliot goes to take shelter in the shade of Brihadaranyaka Upanishad and shares the three-fold moral torchlight to be the ‘’solicitor in our empty hands’’ ‘’to give’’, ‘’ to sympathize’’ and‘’ to control’’ the possible collapse of the modern civilization.
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