More coursework: 1 - A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I - J | K - L | M | N - O | P - S | T | U - Y

The lightning from t s eliots book

The Lightning Arrives

In T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land you perceive many images from the

writing style he uses. In lines 386 - 399 he writes:

In this decayed hole among the mountains

In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing

Over the tumbled graves, about the chapel

There is the empty chapel, only the wind's home.

It has no windows, and the door swings,

Dry bones can harm no one.

Only a cock stood on the rooftree

Co co rico co co rico

In a flash of lightning. Then a damp gust

Bringing rain

Ganga was sunken, and the limp leaves

Waited for rain, while the black clouds

Gathered far distant, over Himavant.

The jungle crouched, humped in silence.

In these lines he seems to tell of a graveyard near a chapel in an upcoming

storm. Different images can be seen from the decayed hole in the

moonlight, the empty chapel without windows, and the rooster's crows as

the lightning and black clouds arrive.

In line 386, "In this decayed hole among the mountains," probably

refers to an empty grave that brings images of death and the end of life, or

possibly the beginning of a new life to mind. The grave is lit by moonlight,

possibly referring to the white light many people see when they have

near-death experiences. You get a creepy feeling when the wind blows

and makes the "grass sing" in line 387. In these first three lines it talks of

tumbled graves, possibly disturbed by nature, which could tell of troubled

lives, or a troubled second life.

The empty chapel without windows is nearby, as you perceive from

lines 389 and 390:

There is the empty chapel, only the wind's home.

It has no windows, and the door swings

It's image makes you shiver. It could possibly represent itself, in the sense

that many people die there, as in baptism, as well as dying, where this

place may be the starting point for a second, never-ending life. The chapel

has no windows, maybe so that the people inside would not loose focus

from the sermon. The chapel could represent death as well, since you go in

and cannot look back out.

The rooster in lines 392 and 393 may symbolize the beginning of

another day, or another life. Roosters crow in the early morning to wake

people up and to alert that a new day has begun. However, the rooster's

crow, "Co co rico co co rico," in line 393 may just be here to foreshadow

the upcoming weather. It has been said that certain animals can sense bad

weather, and as the rooster crows, dark clouds and lightning arrive, which

may show that death is near.

This part of the poem seems to display rebirth. Many images, from the

grave to the lightning, describe death as well as birth, possibly

foreshadowing birth and rebirth. T. S. Eliot's writing style is very esoteric,

having very hidden meanings in every single word.

Source: Essay UK -

About this resource

This coursework was submitted to us by a student in order to help you with your studies.

Search our content:

  • Download this page
  • Print this page
  • Search again

  • Word count:

    This page has approximately words.



    If you use part of this page in your own work, you need to provide a citation, as follows:

    Essay UK, The Lightning From T S Eliots Book. Available from: <> [01-06-20].

    More information:

    If you are the original author of this content and no longer wish to have it published on our website then please click on the link below to request removal: