02
Oct
07

T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men

Thomas Stearns (TS) Eliot
Poet and Playwright 1888 – 1965

The vast accumulations of knowledge—or at least of
information—deposited by the nineteenth century have
been responsible for an equally vast ignorance.

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Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

-By T.S.Eliot

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6 Responses to “T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men”


  1. October 4, 2007 at 10:31 am

    even thopugh i don’t know eliot much but i’ve often used this:

    “Between the conception
    And the creation
    Between the emotion
    And the response
    Falls the Shadow
    Life is very long”

    bravo to your curiosity that takes you to these very different realms…

  2. 2 Entropy
    October 4, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Hey Michele

    The following words of T.S.Eliot’s are most inspiring & relevant,

    Where is the life we have lost in living ?
    Where is the wisdom , we have lost in knowledge ?
    Where is the knowledge, we have lost in information ?

    Pl connect the threads…

  3. 3 Nimesh Dadia
    October 5, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Dear Lao Aju,

    Aa kavita toh khubaj gahan che. Abysmal depth in the poem and very inspiring.

    Nimesh

  4. October 12, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Interesting that we posted about the same piece by TS Eliot within days without knowing each other. Serendipity?

  5. 6 Maxime
    October 4, 2008 at 10:39 am

    my thoughts and creative musings seems to keep finding me back to ts eliot’s the four quartets end where i began and the hollow men falls the shadow.


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