Eyes That I Last Saw in Tears & New Eyes, by T.S. Eliot

Eyes That Last I Saw in Tears

Eyes that last I saw in tears
Through division
Here in death’s dream kingdom
The golden vision reappears
I see the eyes but not the tears
This is my affliction

This is my affliction
Eyes I shall not see again
Eyes of decision
Eyes I shall not see unless
At the door of death’s other kingdom
Where, as in this,

The Eyes outlast a little while
A little while outlasts the tears
And hold us in derision.

New Eyes by T.S. Eliot

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” 

T.S. Eliot’s poetry is referred to as Modernism, rejecting trends of the 19th century. The thoughts are fragmented in free verse with multiple point of view often contradictory. I love both of these poems.

I loved “New Eyes” before I had any understanding of what it meant. It just drew me in and I felt it was important. I am not saying that today I really know what it means, but a lot of things seem to fit.  

I think our own lives will seem very different when we reach the end and look back.  All that we explored, learned, and have done, will change us. We will see the whole of it very differently than we did as we experienced the parts. The beginning and all of the related circumstances of that beginning and what followed will be clear, for the first time.

A similiar Quote

"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

T.S. Eliot Quote

“If your not in over your head , how do you know how tall you are?”