Brings the sailor home from sea
Modernism was all about breaking away from the past, it was about taking the myths and symbols that had characterised art for centuries, and reinventing them for the modern human condition. In this way, Eliot compares the notion of nostalgia (the force that brings home Odysseus back to Ithaca) and, more domestically, the force that brings the humble typist home at teatime. Eliot explicitly marries these two seemingly opposing ideas together.
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