T.S. Eliot's "La Figlia Che Piange"
This paper analyzes T.S. Eliot's short poem "La Figlia Che Piange", which examines the re-writing and re-creating of an experience, drawing attention to the role of the poet and of poetry itself in re-defining reality.
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This paper reviews, in detail, each stanza of T.S. Eliot's short poem "La Figlia Che Piange" noting the specific word choice, which furthers the poem's displacement and wistfulness, and shifts in verbs from a wistful imperative to the subjunctive tense. The author points out that the ultimate effect of such writing is perhaps not the seamless reversal of control the speaker had envisioned because the speaker reveals that, regardless of his rewriting of the situation, he is left with little more than words to placate himself. The paper concludes that the ultimate purpose of "La Figlia Che Piange" is to fabricate a scene richer than reality in which the woman does react with emotion to the departure, in which the poet is in control and in which the contrived details satisfy a void in the speaker's experience.
From the Paper:"In beginning the poem with such careful instructions, Eliot conveys an element of focused personal concern, adding a weight to each action. If the poem simply began "She stood on the highest pavement of the stair, leaning on a garden urn," we would not feel the same sense of the poet's desperate attention in arranging the scene exactly as it appears in his mind's eye. To further this effect, Eliot repeats the phrase "weave, weave the sunlight in your hair," reinforcing the personal importance of this detail: the sunlight in the woman's hair is such a powerful image it seems a product of her own doing (thus the active verb "weave"), rather than an incidental effect of the sun."
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