Marina: Poetry and T.s. Eliot
“Marina” was one of the first Eliot poems I came to love, but I hadn’t read it for quite a while. Ironically, it was the political conventions that brought these lines from the poem to mind: Those who sharpen the tooth of the dog, meaning Death Those who glitter with the glory of the hummingbird, meaning Death Marina was #29 in Eliot’s series of ”Ariel Poems,” first published in September, 1930. It was based on the Jacobean play, Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Shakespeare is credited with the last acts of the play, the story of Pericles’ separation from, and reunion with, his daughter, Marina (most scholars believe the opening was composed by an inferior collaborator). The play however, was simply a catalyst for poem that lives a life of its own, with haunting imagery that I think can speak to any of us, wherever we are. Ariel Poems – Marina Summary In this poem, a man looks back on his life. He reminisces about the work of his hands and a boat he built and the times spent on it.
He thinks of his life and the years gone by, and through all of this, he thinks of his daughter and his love for her. The man realizes that toiling for gain is not the goal in life, as we cannot cheat death. He sees that there are things more important in life, such as the pure, simple love of a man for his daughter. Ariel Poems – Marina Analysis Once again T. S. Eliot brings us back to his theme of aging and Death. He likens the aging boat of the poem to the aged man who built it. Both are weather-weary, tired, and do not possess the strength they once…
Comment on the woodthrush image in T. S. Eliot’s “Marina” – A wood thrush is a bird common in the Northeastern part of the United States; it is known for its “loud clear song. ” In the poem, Eliot refers to hearing the wood thrush “singing through the fog”. He mentions this in the opening of the poem, and again at the closing of the poem. The mentioning of the woodthrush can serve several purposes. One is to set the scene, to use imagery (the 5 senses) to create a mood and help the reader to feel like they are right there, where the poet is describing.
The entire opening and closing stanzas set the scene through sights and sounds (“What seas what shores what grey rocks and what islands/ What water lapping the bow /And scent of pin”), and he puts the woodthrush in the fog in there too. Now the reader can feel like they are actually there, in body. It also sets a mood; he’s in a boat, it is foggy, and you can hear the singing of a bird somewhere close by. The second purpose in mentioning the woodthrush is for structure and closure.
He opens and closes with a repeated mentioning of it; this helps “sandwich” the poem, and gives it a nice, tidy, closure, almost like the beginning and ending of a story. A third reason for the mentioning of the wood thrush is symbolism. It is known for its loud and clear song. Note that Eliot put it in a fog; a fog is confusing and disorienting, but the woodthrush’s song was heard clearly through it, piercing through the fog. This could symbolize the clarity that Eliot is having at that moment, in regards to death. The entire poem discusses death and its impact.
It discusses his confusion and lack of clarity in the past and how he wants to “resign my life for this life”. So, as he sits there, in that spot and time, in that fog, he has a moment of clear, calm thinking where his eyes are opened, and that could be symbolized by the thrush’s song through the murky fog. – See more at: http://www. enotes. com/homework-help/comment-wood-thrush-image-t-s-eliots-marina-69263#sthash. FGsQEuN2. dpuf The poem “Marina” by T. S. Eliot is a beautiful explanation of the different features of nature we see everyday.
The poet talks about oceans, animals, birds, winds, islands, mountains and many other forms of nature. When you read this poem, you get a feeling of gratification for the blessings God has showered on us in the form of different aspects of nature. The poet seems to be a very peaceful minded person, with a deep aesthetic sense of the world. In this poem, he is describing to his daughter what the different living as well as non-living things look like to teach her how to take pleasure and peace out of them.
Even though the verses do not rhyme much, they give a smooth rhythm when you read the poem in a flow. TSE reading Marina. (*) “What place is this, what kingdom, what shores of the world? ” Taken from Seneca the Younger’s tragedy Hercules Furens, where these words are uttered by Hercules himself as he recovers from the insanity during which he has murdered his wife and children (**) Pericles, in mourning for his wife and for Marina, the daughter who is for long thought to be dead, has left his kingdom for the sea.
To hopefully rouse him from his despair, a young woman is put before him to sing. As she tells him her life story they both realize that they are in fact father and daughter. Marina Apparently T S. Eliot’s favorite Shakespeare Comedy was “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”. Of which I approve completely; Pericles is my favorite as well. I was told this my favorite professor, just after reading Pericles for the first time. The play is beautiful, stunning, and thrilling all at once. It just barely skates around being a tragedy, but is saved Deus in machina.
It has pirates, shipwrecks, jousts, fair ladies, treachery, brave young girls, the power of Art, the depth of human suffering, the way that suffering increase the capacity for joy! This is a story that encapsulates almost every aspect of humanity, but particularly the simultaneous angst and hope. And Eliot manages to capture this spirit of the story one, short poem. The title is the name of the daughter, whose artful rhetoric first staves off despair and then unites her family.
When Pericles finally knows his daughter, and in doing do takes the identity of a father, a person, the whole action of the poem comes to a thrilling summit of hope. He now knows who he is, and his vision is cleared: the life, the pulse, the sight! ‘Tis a wondrous poem. And one of my favorites. And seems to be one of the more artistically coherent and moving of his poems. One problems that I have with Eliot, is that with his conversion much the driving angst and power in his poetry becomes a bit subdued.
“Murder in the Cathedral” is great, but can it compare to “The Wasteland”? And while the “Four Quartets” are really amazing, they seem the have a quieter drive than “Prufrock”. But that might because the drive of Prufrock was having no drive. But in “Marina,” written right around the time of his conversion, Eliot seems to find a balance of dark and searing hopelessness, and yet end with a song of hope. It is a concentrated dash of Art, in that it both imparts a single clear vision and offers more to come if we but look longer or harder.