- About personal loss of feeling in in dried up, unheroic life or the more general decay of humanity through religious and historical decadence.
- The poem begins with negative images of death and decay: "dry mouth", "bitten by flies, fought" and some of these images such as the idea of fighting are reminiscent of the first world war.
- He refers to Christ as "the tiger, which is a link to William Blake's poem, where he contrasts the creation of this beast to a lamb.
- Hot gates suggests Hell
- images of Christ and the Holy communication such as "to be eaten, to be divided, to be drunk
- Death and decay
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