Augustine, and echo the injunction of the Buddha against the fires of lust. Then you hear about the bones that are scattered in a "low, dry garret" somewhere, a garret being a little attic.
Immediately after the mention of rats and bones comes allusions to three couples revealing various reactions towards sensuality. These are among the few moments of tranquility in the poem, and they seem to represent some sort of simpler alternative.
The tawdry sexual encounter emphasizes the meaningless of sex in the wasted lives of the dead souls. This is what makes him an "Old man with wrinkled female breasts" The woman is able to copulate but that instead of providing bounty and plenty, awakening rich emotions or regard.
He uses cadence here to help this image flow off the page, rather than relying on more obvious tactics like alliteration or meter.
Britain is an island that has lost its magic. Speaking in turn, the Thames-daughters mention Elizabeth and Leicester. This poem is a warning against giving in to lust.
Tiresias is one of the first transgender figures in modern English poetry: The "By the waters of Leman I sat down and wept.
More than any other section of the poem, "The Fire Sermon" includes bits of popular songs to showcase how low culture has sunken, just like leaves into the filthy banks of the Thames.
Again, this is not meant to be a democratizing move but a nihilistic one: Porter in the spring. So instead of the high notes, we get ugly the ugly onomatopoeias of "twit" and "jug.
He calls on as many myths as possible to keep the poem from being narrowly Christian, in spite of all its Christian significance. Lines are borrowed from To His Coy Mistress, a poem where a man is trying to convince his lover to make love to him because life is so short and pleasures must be gratified immediately since time will not permit their being enjoyed long.
Eliot also recalls the fire sermon of the Buddha. Here the music comes from a mandoline being played in a public bar, where people rest after work, and all in the shadow of the Church of Magnus Martyr in its gold and white Greek splendor.
After Tiresias changed back, Hera made a bet with Zeus about who enjoyed sex more, women or men. Lines And I Tiresias have foresuffered all Enacted on this same divan or bed; I who have sat by Thebes below the wall And walked among the lowest of the dead.
Seems like an everyday image —woman, home, and doing chores. Tiresias said that women did, and Hera totally freaked out and struck him blind.Summary of The Fire Sermon of the poem The Waste Land. Line-by-line analysis. Notes on T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein Part III.
The Fire Sermon The title suggests the preachment of the Buddha against the fires of lust that keep men from regeneration.
However, one of fire's potentialities is purgatorial and purifying. The river scenes of sexual seduction old and new again echo Shakespeare.
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig was pure magnetic reading for me. In a post-apocalyptic world, hundreds of years into the future Earth as we know it does not exist. In its place is a primitive world where singular births no longer exist and each pregnancy ends with the birthing of twins, one whole, normal and desirable, called an Alpha/5.
III. The Fire Sermon. Edit. Classic editor History Comments (4) Share. Chapter Summary Edit. The chapter is simply about sexual intercourse. The title of this chapter, The Fire Sermon, is a sermon given by Buddha. In this sermon, he encourages people to stay away from earthly passion – free themselv.
"The Fire Sermon" is the third part of "The Waste Land". The title is derived from a similar named work by Buddha, which T.S. Eliot himself considered corresponding " in importance to the sermon of the mount " (Eliot ).
In addition to the title, at the end of the poem Eliot also refers to. The stanza ends with references to St. Augustine’s Confessions and Buddha’s Fire Sermon –- in each case to a passage describing the dangers of youthful lust.
Analysis The central theme of this section is, to put it simply, sex.Download