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Collected Poems, 1909-1962 - Minor Poems- Eyes that last I saw in tears Summary & Analysis

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Minor Poems- Eyes that last I saw in tears Summary

This short poem talks of seeing the eyes of people but not their tears or feeling their suffering, therefore not truly helping them. Eliot talks of how we see a person's suffering, but hesitate, and are too late to act. Human beings worry too much about themselves and not enough about others.

Minor Poems- Eyes that last I saw in tears Analysis

The theme of this poem is paralysis and indecision in life. Our complacency about the hardship of others causes us not to act to help them. Eliot conveys the message that we may look upon another's hardship and sense their pain, but because we are too self-absorbed, we do not really empathize with them enough to take immediate action to truly help them. We may...

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