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In Eliot’s poem, we find just the reverse, as we will see, so that the poet’s explicit pessimism about the chances of Western European society spiritually surviving the consequences of war, is in turn countered by the more hopeful implicit emotional sequence of the poem, by the metaphorical thrust of crucial imagery. I should say at the outset that, unlike Borchert, who quite consciously couched his optimistic social message in straightforward language while his imagery carried the negative vision concerning Western European society, Eliot used imagery and metaphor to express both hopelessness and hope.

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But this spiritual despair that molded the nihilist temper of mind was, if we listen to Berdyaev, religious at its source. For him, this religious aspect of Russian nihilism was what made it into a non-European, Russian phenomenon. Coming close to Brinton in his definition of Russian nihilism as an “Orthodox asceticism turned inside out,” He wrote: Nihilism is a characteristically Russian phenomenon; in its Russian form, it is unknown in Western Europe . . Russian nihilism denied God, the soul, the spirit, ideas, standards and the highest values.

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