Four Quartets
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Four Quartets
T. S. Eliot
Poetry
Jul 28, 2018
Written in the years before and during World War II, the Quartets consist of four long poems, each cohering around a season, one of the four natural elements (earth, air, water, fire), and a place: “Burnt Norton,” an English manor house and garden; “East Coker,” a village in Somerset, home to Eliot’s ancestors (and, ultimately, resting place of the poet’s ashes); “The Dry Salvages,” a group of rocks off Cape Ann, Massachusetts; and “Little Gidding,” seventeenth-century home to the Christian familial community of Nicholas Ferrar, which lived under the guidance of the Book of Common Prayer. Now formal and now free, Eliot’s verse wends its way through these locations like the river he invokes at the outset of “The Dry Salvages”: strong, flowing, impersonal and inspiring, animated with currents of consolation and desire that cannot measure the meaning of existence, but merely, and truly, carry it along. There is no other book of poetry quite like Four Quartets.
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Oct 28, 2018
Though I love all of his poems, I am particularly fond of Pruefrock and the Jellicle cats!
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