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The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot - Poetry Reading

The Hollow Men -- A poem by T. S. Eliot. The Hollow Men (1925) is a poem by T. S. Eliot. Its themes are, like many of Eliot's poems, overlapping and fragmentary, but it is recognised to be concerned most with post-World War I Europe under the Treaty of Versailles. Eliot wrote that he produced the title "The Hollow Men" by combining the titles of the romance "The Hollow Land" by William Morris with the poem "The Broken Men" by Rudyard Kipling, but it is possible that this is one of Eliot's many constructed allusions, and that the title originates more transparently from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar or from the character Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness who is referred to as a "hollow sham" and "hollow at the core". About the poet -- Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888 -- 1965) was a publisher, playwright, literary and social critic. Although he was born an American, he moved to the United Kingdom at age 25. Eliot also made significant contributions to the field of literary criticism, strongly influencing the school of New Criticism. For more videos log onto Also find us on Facebook at Subscribe & Stay Tuned -
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