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The Journey Of The Magi'A cold coming we had of it,Just the worst time of the yearFor a journey, and such a long journey:The ways deep and the weather sharp,The very dead of winter.' 5And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory,Lying down in the melting snow.There were times we regrettedThe summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,And the silken girls bringing sherbet. 10Then the camel men cursing and grumblingand running away, and wanting their liquor and women,And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendlyAnd the villages dirty and charging high prices: 15A hard time we had of it.At the end we preferred to travel all night,Sleeping in snatches,With the voices singing in our ears, sayingThat this was all folly. 20Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,And three trees on the low sky,And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow. 25Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,And feet kiking the empty wine-skins.But there was no information, and so we continuedAnd arriving at evening, not a moment too soon 30Finding the place; it was (you might say) satisfactory.All this was a long time ago, I remember,And I would do it again, but set downThis set downThis: were we led all that way for 35Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainlyWe had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,But had thought they were different; this Birth wasHard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, 40But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,With an alien people clutching their gods.I should be glad of another death.

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The image above is the Magi from the poem in their travels throughout egypt

T.S. Elliot(1888-1965) -Thomas Stearns "T.S." Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri-He was educated at Harvard and -graduated with an Arts and Humanities Degree-He published his first poetic masterpiece, -"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," in 1915.-He officially became a British citizen in 1927.-Major later poems include: --"Ash Wednesday" (1930)--"Four Quartets" (1943)--The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism (1933)--After Strange Gods (1934)--Notes Towards the Definition of Culture (1940).-T.S. Eliot received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948.-T.S. Eliot died on January 4, 1965.

The song that is currently playing relates to the poem because the song is an Ancient Egyptian tune. The poem is about a journey and a hardship throughout the Magis travels while passing through Egypt. The Egyptian music relates because it’s the cultural music in the small towns and areas that the Magi have traveled through.


The Journey Of The Magi was written by Thomas Stearns Eliot and was published in August 1927. Eliots nationality was English. He has written this poem because he was suffering from depression and was breaking down. He was influenced by the Catholic Church because they’ve reaffirmed his whole life for him. Since Eliot had a deep sense of imagery, he wrote this poem signifying the journey to search for the eternal change. After his baptism he wrote the poem in England and published the poem which symbolized his transition between his old and new faith.

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Night Thoughts of a TravellerThin reeds, and from the landA soft breeze; our mast standsTall and stark in the nightAnd I am alone; stars hangOver the great plain, andThe moon moves with the flowing river;Fame may not come togetherWith literary merit;A broken-down, worn-outOfficial should simply rest!It seems I am but as a sand birdBlown before the elements. The poem Night Thoughts of a Traveller relates fairly well to our poem The Journey of The Magi.They relate because they’re both poems talking about a journey that they’re going through. They connect so well due to their same setting and idea of traveling through the darkness of the night sky.

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Title:“The Journey of the Magi”

Paraphrase:In the Poem, The Journey of The Magi, it tell us about the hardships that the Magi had to experience while traveling. It was about their rough weather conditions also their poor experiences of hospitality with the locals. Even though they had such a tough journey, if the Magi had the opportunity to do this journey again, they would.

Speaker:The speaker of this poem is one of the Magi telling the story of his journey experiences.

Figurative Language:The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet.”(Line 9-10, Imagery)”Then the camel men cursing and grumbling”(Line 11,Onomatopoeia) “And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.” (Line 25, Imagery) “With an alien people clutching their gods.” (Line 42, Hyperbole) “The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.”(Lines 4-5 Alliteration). All of these figurative languages contribute to the poem by adding emphasis to everything. Especially the imagery makes the poem more vivid.

Attitude:The tone being used is very Dramatic, Detached, Reflective, Questioning, and Satisfactory.

Shifts:The first paragraph is talking about the journey. then it shifts over to the second paragraph, which is the talking about the finding their destination. Lastly the third paragraph shifts and starts to talk about then he came back to him kingdom and was reflecting on his journey and what he has achieved at this destination.

Title Interpretation:The title, The Journey Of The Magi in a more depth meaning is literally meaning there is a journey that the magi took. They took this journey in order to see a birth, and the journey has been a very difficult one due to the poor conditions they were traveling in.

Theme:The poem begins and ends with suffering, but with a cause, and the Magi suffer a great deal during the journey. They do because of all the bad weather stingy people. But there's a bigger suffering going on here, too. There's the psychological suffering of the dying culture of the Magi. The meaning TS Eliot is telling us is he’s trying to remind us that a lot of spirituality and religion revolves around suffering, and that suffering often comes with a religious transformation but it also for happens with a great cause.


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