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I'm finding it difficult to paraphrase (word by word) the poem "The Cruellest Month" by Eliot. I'll include it here in the hope you can have a look at it and help me rephrase it.


1) April is described as the cruellest month since it breeds (stirs/awakens) lilacs (shall I use "flowers and trees") out of their winter sleep.
2) Furthermore, it mixes memories of the past winter, when the vegetation was covered by forgetful snow, with the desire for a new life.
3) A parallel can be drawn with Chaucer's description of the gentle spring rain which ends the draught of March and brings about the rebirth of nature.
4) Eliot, however, prefers the winter because it lets men leave in peace forgetting the past. He associates the winter with warmth and cosiness though it feeds the land with dried tubers, symbol of spiritual sterility.
5) The poem is written in free verse. He uses alliteration, repetition of the sound "ing". Being a symbolist writer Eliot gives importance to the sound quality of words.


APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.

  • English -

    APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.
    Winter kept us warm, covering
    Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
    A little life with dried tubers.


    April is a harsh month, bringing growth out of the frozen land, reminding us remember what the land looked like before winter and wanting it to be like that again. The rain in springtime is waking up those sleepy roots.

    In winter, the dormant plants were kept warm by the blanket of snow on the earth, and the melting snow kept everything from completely dying.


    Try again -- and realize you don't have to have a complete sentence per line of poetry.

  • English -- oops! -

    Well, THIS didn't turn out well, did it??!!

    ...reminding us remember ...

    The word "remember" should be deleted!

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