Journey of the Magi

Journey of the Magi

Journey of the Magi is a poem by Thomas Stearns Eliot. This is an allegorical poem and it speaks more generally about pains of letting go of the one way of life, faith and acknowledging the birth of another. T. S Eliot is an American born British Poet known as the leader of modernist movement in poetry.
The Journey of the Magi is an allegorical dramatic monologue as it inhibits the voice of one of the Magi. The theme of this poem is Journey. It is a religious poem and also a mystic poem. The first stanza speaks about the types of trials difficulties faced by the travellers. It was freezing cold and they travelled at the worst time of the year, and it took ages. The path were difficult and the weather was horrible and it was a brutal winter. Camels were in pain and unwilling to go on. They lay down in the snow. The Magi missed their old days, the summer places on slopes, the terraces and the silken girls bringing drinks to them. The camel drivers were cursing and grumbling and some ran away wanting their liquor and women. The villages they went were filthy and lodging was expensive. They decided to travel throughout the night and sleep when they could.. They heard their voices saying all this was folly.
The second stanza is about The Recovery of Faith. One morning the Magi arrived at a pleasant valley. It was damp but not snowy and full of plant life. There was a stream and a watermill beating the darkness, and three trees on low sky. They saw a white house in a nearby medeow. Then they came there to a tavern with nine leaves over the lintel. Six hands at an open door were dicing for pieces of silver, none of them gave any useful information, so they continued along their way. That evening they finally got to Bethlehem. It was wellsatisfactory. The final stanza speaks about acknowledging the birth. Jesus’s birth didn’t feel like a positive development, but something full of pain like it represented their own death. After returning to their place they felt like they did not belong there anymore, in the old ways. Their people seemed foreign to them, with their false idols. He says that he would be happy to encounter another death..