The poem ‘Gerontion’ by T.S. Eliot is about an old man and his life. The very first lines if the poem are as follows:

Here I am, an old man in a dry month,
Being read to by a boy, waiting for rain.

They show clearly that the narrator of the poem is the old man himself. In some of the well-known poems of T. S. Eliot it is unclear about who the speaker is, but in this poem it is very clear and above all in first person. Is there a particular reason why Eliot did this? How does it affect the poem?


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