Departure and Arrival Explanation, Notes


Explanation lines 1-6:

Reference: These lines have been taken from Departure and Arrival written by T. S. Eliot:

Context: The poet asks us to move rapidly to our goals. The 20th century is full of great challenges. This age has better prospects for all those who accept its challenge. It is possible that new age may hold in store for us a bright future. Man may conquer pain and misery of his life.

Explanation:

The poet T.S Eliot urges us in his poem departure and arrival to set high goals and strive. He compares life with the sea. All of us are standing on the shore doubtfully and are waiting for blessing but after a moment we are determined to go ahead. There is no chart or light to inform us of the way and rocks. But we have enough courage to go ahead.

Actually, the poet compares life with the sea, life is full of problems and there is no help in this modern era to achieve progress. The remarkable quality of Eliot is his faith in idealism and optimism coupled with courage.

Explanation 7-12:

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Explanation:

 The poet expresses his views that the way of progress is very difficult and slow. There are a lot of fears on this way. The rose and the hawthorn grow side by side, but we are determined to achieve the rose. We might also look into the future.

In fact, it is very difficult to make this world a better place. The way of progress is full of with hurdles and problems. But we are determined to make this world an ideal place.

Explanation 13-18:

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The duties of 20th century are great than the last centuries. This century is more gifted that before. The poet is not certain about the future and posterity (coming generations). What would be the heroes of the 20th century, whether the world will get progress or not.

The poet is explaining that hard work is essential in this era to make this world an ideal place. If we want to make this century great we will have to work hard.

 Explanation 19-24:

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Explanation:

The poet suggests that if we to make this century greater than the earlier centuries her sons will have to work. We are her sons and we will have to work with eager hearts. Every one will have to work to change the circumstances. If we work, this century will get a good place and it will be a gift for the next centuries.

The poet urges as to get high goals and strive undauntedly guided by our vision and sublime (inspiring) ideals. Nations always get progress through a good vision. We should work to make this work an ideal place.

Explanation 25-30:

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The poet considers that we are the legacy of benefits. Those persons who try to change the fates of their countries, the good past examples are a source of inspiration for them. There is no question except victory. Those persons who work for the betterment of their country, their nations are always proud of them.

Explanation 31-36:

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When we will be old, we will try to rethink all this matter. If we are older with grey hair and uncertain lot, we try to see the same spot again. We would like to observe the same place where we struggled for our country. Wherever we have gone but it would not be possible to forget the moment of struggle.

The poet teaches the lesson of idealism and optimism in his poem departure and arrival. He urges us to work hard. The poet is of the settled view to have courage and fortitude (strength) to make this world a better place.

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