T.S. Eliot lived from September 1888- January 1965. He lived in the Modernist time period along with Virgina Woolf, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and many other famous authors. Literary modernism is characterized by a self-conscious break with traditional ways of writing, in books and poems.
During this his life he faces many issues during this time period. 1914- World War I, when Germany raided Poland and the world chose their sides, then in 1945- World War II which really included the whole war fighting because of an assassination. Communism began to spread which was a big difference from democracy or monocracy. As well as the introduction of new religions showed the changes from traditional thinking. The prohibition as well as the gangs and underground clubs, people were sneaking around the city and killing innocent citizens. They were only a shell of what life was before.
He was influenced by his education in Smith Academy, Milton Academy, And eventually Harvard where he got his bachelor of arts degree
T.S. Eliot primary wrote himself with decaying moral fabric of society brought by the declining stand point of people and what they put important in their lives
The Hollow Men Theme: We are only a shell of what humankind once was. we are living without a solid foundation for living moral lives making us "Hollow Theme"
Text to Self: I can relate poem because I can see in my life, how things I so profoundly believed in before I don't believe in now. Because I'm a shell of what I was in my childhood like we all are
Text to World: We are constantly changing with the world now, that before we had a standard of living and moral codes, but now with the science and technology we push these boundaries daily
Sample of Writing: We are the hollow men/ we are the stuffed men/ leaning together/ Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!/ Our dried voices, when/ We whisper together/ Are quiet and meaningless/ As wind in dry grasss/ or Rats' feet over broken glass/ In our dry cellar