Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' The Hollow Men '

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History books state the first story written was the “Epic of Gilgamesh” and the first book printed was the Gutenberg Bible. An interesting fact, one came before Christ and the other after, but both have roots in religion and contain stories about death and dying. So it is not surprising that literary works are filled with the same. While some works allude to it others bring it to the forefront. Emily Dickinson, in her poem “479”, boldly states, “Because I could not stop for Death” (1206) but T.S. Eliot only hints at it in “The Hollow Men.” Death and religion are synonymous with literary work, no matter the century. An analysis of five literary works from the nineteenth century to the present reveals how authors used death or religion as inspiration or reflect an individual’s belief. There is no more an individual than Walt Whitman. With his disregard for meter and rhyme, his poetry is as unique as the man himself. He advocated for knowing the self and it showed in his poem “Song of Myself” when he says “I celebrate myself” (24). However, the Biblical canticles, like the “Song of Solomon”, influence much of his poetry. While he did not espouse to a certain religion, the ideology reflected in his work. Lines 1338-39 from stanza 52 alludes to his burial as he says, “I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles” (67). Again, Whitman was not a religious man but clearly, he did believe in a higher…

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