Of Transcendentalism In T. S. Eliot's Preludes?

1320 Words 6 Pages
In the 19th century, transcendentalism -- a religious and philosophical movement that developed during the late 1820s and '30s as a protest against the general state of spirituality and, in particular, the state of intellectualism -- was most ubiquitous. As time moved into the late 19th century and early 20th century, the transcentalistic time period evolved into the realism and modernism-- a philosophical movement that, along with cultural trends and changes, arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations-- time period. Along with the shift of time periods, art started to change as well. Modernist 's art were more abstract and expressed the issues that were occurring; in contrast, transcendentalists ' art focused on nature and staying …show more content…
Eliot’s poem entitled “Preludes” highlights the feelings of despair and disillusionment through imagery and symbolism to adumbrate that industrialization created a high amount of disorder in that time. Eliot achieves a very dismal atmosphere and somber attitude towards the thought of industrialization.The poem opens up with images of a city which undergoes industrialization: Workers who come home after “The burnt-out ends of smoky days” to ”broken blinds and chimney-pots” and aren 't sanguine with their daily life (Eliot). At the end of each day, the workers are wearied from their jobs in smoky factories. The broken blinds symbolizes the poverty of the workers;They’re working hard but aren 't getting paid …show more content…
The main character Krebs is a soldier who has returned home from the war and “felt the need to talk but no one wanted to hear about it” (Hemingway). Krebs horrific war experience caused him to feel the need to speak on it ;however, people can’t relate to his experience. Krebs also states that “I’m not in his kingdom” , "his kingdom" being heaven (Hemingway). Krebs doesn 't believe that there is a such thing as Heaven because of the war. The war has caused Krebs to disregard his religious values and instead take this sense of despair. World War 1 psychologically damaged the soldiers and it was emanating through the literature of modernist in this time

Related Documents