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Collected Poems, 1909-1962 Themes

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Throughout this collection of poems, T.S. Eliot explores his faith and the faith of his characters. There is a constant search for what the great spiritual truths are and how they influence modern society. Eliot seeks to make a connection between man's moral decay and his lack of faith in God. Eliot believes that the erosion of a collective national faith in a country is its downfall. Throughout his works, he points to a symbiotic relationship between personal moral decay and national moral decay. To Eliot, as goes a person, so goes his or her family, and so goes the country. He desires, in many of these poems, to see his nation experience a spiritual renewal. Eliot speaks of humankind's great advancements, how they are empty achievements when the physical becomes a god, no matter what form. However, he goes beyond chastising humanity for forming gods of...

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