|Subject||Journey of the Magi|
|Posted on||Fri Mar 16 13:05:47 2001|
In T.S. Elliot ．s poem, ：Journey of the Magi,； he describes the implied resurrection of the two binary concepts of Birth and Death through this journey and he tries to find an ideal place for him, a real satisfactory place, maybe the heaven or paradise. As Elliot narrates the whole journey, starting with the worst and hardest time of the year, which provides a hell-like image because of the line, ：The very dead of winter.； Moreover, a lot of cold words appear in the previous lines like deep, sharp, galled, regretted, cursing, grumbling, hostile, unfriendly, lack, dirty, charging, and folly, and etc. They unconsciously give us a bad impression of the beginning of this journey and the scene of the whole dead in the darkness, including the landscape and the humanity. Besides, the winter, the very end and worst of the year, obviously indicates the narrator・s dead experience, which is so hard, tough, unpleasant, insecure, lifeless, and dark. Then, as we proceeds with the narrator, he seems to go down from the place where is previously-mentioned a dead-like higher place. He arrives in a temperate valley where is wet, below the snow line, full of the smelling of vegetation, running stream, water-mill, meadow, trees. Everything seems to get better and better compared to the former journey. Is this the place they want here? If we read with the narrator, we will find that an old white horse, tavern, six hands, and feet. Those stuffs are meaningless for them because no information is there. Moreover, it seems like another former scene because still we can see a horse, place for wine, dicing for silver, which may contrast the former journey a little bit because no harmful and cold scene exist here. However, the fact is that they find no information in this journey. Then, they arrive at evening, not a moment too soon, and they find the place, which is called satisfactory. Here, the narrator stops here for his set down of the whole long journey. Does the narrator really find the place they・re looking for? All the long journey is from the narrator・s memory and the narrator wants to do it again. Therefore, I think the narrator is still searching for the ideal paradise he quest for. With the experience in his memory, it seems he has experiences the Birth and Death, just like that the journey begins the winter and then the temperate place follows, maybe spring. The long journey may imply the sense of subtle changing and shifting. But how about the Birth the narrator describes? Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death. Therefore, our living life or birth is really painful for the purpose of achieving the better place, or best ideal place. So does the Death, which causes similar pains like Birth. The difference is that we always quest for the happy and painless paradise for the good results of our painfully suffering in our Birth and Death. However, the narrator has not found that place he wants yet because he said the place there he arrives is no longer at ease and in the old dispensation. Therefore, the narrator is still in search for another journey to another better paradise. And the last line implies that he・s glad of another death. So the journey will gear up another time for him in the future and the ideal paradise will be close to him through his non-stop journey in his life.
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