After the torch-light red on sweaty faces
After the frosty silence in the gardens
After the agony in stony places
The shouting and the crying  325
Prison and place and reverberation
Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying
With a little patience  330


This final section opens with images after Jesus was taken prisoner in the garden of Gethsemane and after the cruxification itself. The “torchlight red on sweaty faces” perhaps indicates the guards who come to take Christ away; the “garden” is Gethsemane; “the agony in stony places” refers to the torture and the execution itself; and “of thunder of spring over distant mountains” describes the earthquake following the crucifixion. 


Jesus being crucified in the Garden of Gethsemane


Life and death are linked, their borders blurred at times: “He who was living is now dead / We who were living are now dying / With a little patience.” Eliot emphasizes the chaos and disorganisation of society through the use of juxtaposing images such as "shouting" and "crying"  and "prison" and "palace." "We who were living are now dying" here portrays the processes of birth, death and rebirth. In this stanza, Eliot is trying to say that society is slowly dying

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