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Whispers of Immortality. T.S. Eliot. Explanation: Stanza 1 & 2. WEBSTER was much possessed by death And saw the skull beneath the skin; And breastless creatures under ground Leaned backward with a lipless grin. Daffodil bulbs instead of balls Stared from the sockets of the eyes!

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Whispers of immortality

Whispers of Immortality

T.S. Eliot


Explanation stanza 1 2

Explanation: Stanza 1 & 2

WEBSTER was much possessed by death

And saw the skull beneath the skin;

And breastless creatures under ground

Leaned backward with a lipless grin.

Daffodil bulbs instead of balls

Stared from the sockets of the eyes!

He knew that thought clings round dead limbs

Tightening its lusts and luxuries.

  • John Webster - English Jacobson dramatist

    • Gruesome distinguished work

  • Daffodil: symbolizes new beginning and rebirth

    • “Breastless creatures”-the buried dead


Explanation stanza 3 4

Explanation: Stanza 3 & 4

Donne, I suppose, was such another

Who found no substitute for sense;

To seize and clutch and penetrate,

Expert beyond experience,

He knew the anguish of the marrow

The ague of the skeleton;

No contact possible to flesh

Allayed the fever of the bone.

  • Donne

    • John Donne

    • English poet and priest

    • Obsessed about death

  • Ague

    • Fever without chills

  • Allayed

    • To calm or quiet; alleviate


Explanation stanza 5 6

Explanation: Stanza 5 & 6

Grishkin is nice: her Russian eye

Is underlined for emphasis;

Uncorseted, her friendly bust

Gives promise of pneumatic bliss.

The couched Brazilian jaguar

Compels the scampering marmoset

With subtle effluence of cat;

Grishkin has a maisonette;

  • Grishkin

    • Woman named Serafima Astafieva

      • Russian Ballet Dancer

      • Opened a ballet school

    • Introduced to Eliot by Ezra Pound

  • Pneumatic Bliss

  • Brazilian Jaguar

  • Marmoset

    • Squirrel like Monkeys

  • Cat

    • Sometimes symbolizes guardian of underworld (hell)

  • Maisonette

    • Small House


Explanation stanza 7 8

Explanation: Stanza 7 & 8

The sleek Brazilian jaguar

Does not in its arboreal gloom

Distil so rank a feline smell

As Grishkin in a drawling-room.

And even the Abstract Entities

Circumambulate her charm;

But our lot crawls between dry ribs

To keep our metaphysics warm.

  • Abstract Entities

    • Abstract=Difficult to understand

    • Entities=Ghosts/Spirits

  • Circumambulate

    • To walk/go about/around

  • Metaphysics

    • Philosophy concerned with existence of God and the external world

  • “our lot” meaning our sort of people (people mentioned in poem)


Thesis

Thesis

  • T.S. Eliot uses juxtaposition, personification, and visual imagery to convey his idea on how too much desire leads to death in Whispers of Immortality.


Context

Context

  • Written 1920 (at the end of WWI)

  • 1920’s was full of people who lost faith

  • Jacobean (James I of England time period); 17th century attitude link to sex and death

    • Sign against modern separation


Whispers of immortality

Form

  • 8 stanzas

  • 4 lines each (quartet)

  • Capitalized “WEBSTER” (line 1)

  • End-Stopped at the end of each stanza (exclude 3 & 6)

  • Exclamation point – Important part

    • “Stared from the sockets of the eyes!” (stanza 2, line 6)


Language stylistic techniques

Language/Stylistic Techniques

  • Allusions

    • Webster

    • Donne

    • Grishkin

    • P.D. James

      • “The Skull Beneath The Skin”

        • Book

    • William Wordsworth

      • Poem imitates “Imitations of Immortality”

  • Mood

    • Dark

  • Juxtaposition

    • Compares desire with death


Figurative language figures of speech

Figurative Language/Figures of Speech

  • Visual Imagery

    • Stanza 1, 2, 4

      • Dead

        • Leaned backward with a lipless grin

        • Dead limbs

        • Skeleton, bone

    • Stanza 5

      • “her Russian eye is underlined for emphasis”

    • Stanza 6

      • “Couched Brazilian Jaguar”

        • As if lying on a sofa

    • Stanza 7

      • Drawing room

    • Stanza 8

      • Abstract entities circumambulate

  • Personification

    • Stanza 2

      • Daffodil bulbs instead of balls/Stared from the sockets of the eyes.

      • He knew that thought clings round dead limbs

    • Stanza 5

      • Her friendly bust gives promise of pneumatic bliss.

  • Symbolism

    • Grishkin (Russian dancer) in line 17 represents the desires of man, as Eliot explains her to be pneumatic bliss in line 20.

    • “the breastless creatures underground” in line 4 to represent people in Hell.


Sound

Sound

  • ABCB Rhyme

  • 8 Syllables per line – Creates rhythm

  • Repetition

    • “Brazilian Jaguar” (stanza 5 & 7)

  • Iambic tetrameter

    • Putting stress on every other syllable starting with the second syllable. Tetra is the prefix because the lines are separated into four sections

  • Alliteration – To emphasize certain images

    • “Daffodil bulbs instead of balls” (stanza 2, line 5)

  • Consonance “s”

    • Stanza 2

      • “Started from the sockets of the eyes”

      • Lusts and luxuries”

    • Stanza 3

      • “Donne, I suppose, was such another/Who found no substitute for sense/To seize and clutch and penetrate/Expert beyond experience”


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • In Whispers of Immortality the characters thought of death makes them question their actions and helps them decide whether fulfilling carnal (human) desires is less important than attaining eternal happiness.


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