A while back I wrote a paper which (among other things) suggested that T.S.Eliot’s poem “In silent corridors of death” was about the trenches of the Great War. I think I’ve now found a little more evidence towards proving the case.
Corridors is not a common word in poetry, but it is to be found in the last two lines of T.E Hulme’s poem Trenches:St Eloi:
My mind is a corridor. The minds about me are corridors.
Nothing suggests itself. There is nothing to do but keep on.
I read this poem as saying that the soldiers’ minds have narrowed to the dimensions of a trench. This fits Eliot’s poem too, I think.
He certainly knew the poem, since it was partly the work of his friend Ezra Pound, who wrote down the remarks of the wounded Hulme in hospital, and maybe made the poem a bit more imagist than it might otherwise have been. It was published in the Catholic Anthology of 1915, which also published Eliot’s work.