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The Four Quartets is a series of four poems by TS Eliot, published individually fromto , and in book form in ; it was considered by Eliot himself to be his finest work Each of the quartets has five movements and each is titled by a place nameBURNT NORTON , EAST COKER , THE DRY SALVAGES , and LITTLE GIDDINGEliot's insights into the cyclical nature of life are revealed through themes and images woven throughout the four poems Spiritual, philosophical, and personal themes emerge through symbolic allusions and literary and religious references from both Eastern and Western thought The work addresses the connections of the personal and historical present and past, spiritual renewal, and the very nature of experience; it is considered the poet's clearest exposition of his Christian beliefs The MerriamWebster Encyclopedia of Literature Four Quartets

10 thoughts on “Four Quartets

  1. says:

    I remember being at my first anatomy dissection as a demonstrator took this slim volume out of his pocket and said to me, in a room full of cadavers, In my end is my beginning. Isn't that wonderful? TS Eliot. Do you know it? You must read it. If I'd read the scene in a novel I would have thought it contrived and overly theatrical. But I swear it act

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    T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets are as apocalyptically-sound as his more well-known The Waste Land (at least in terms of bored freshman who, in the fullness of time, will most likely only dimly remember sludging their way through the poem in some requisite English Lit courses), but whereas the latter keeps its cosmic lens rolling on the ecological, religi

  3. says:

    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

    Profound Place: Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

    (Original Review, 1981-05-12)

    I’m always impressed by the influen

  4. says:

    This type of poetry fills me with bewilderment of where was I till now and how it took me this much time to encounter something as brilliant as this!

    Seriously, where was I ?

  5. says:

    This is the first record of my reading that I have not posted on this website in 6 and a half years.

    You can find my full review of the amazing experience of this book at soapboxing:

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  6. says:

    This is something that I've been reading and returning to for more than 40 years. Few works are so intimately connected with my own life changes. Truly, all poems are read afresh with each reading: as oneself changes, the poems change. In the case of Four Quartets, I used to go o it for melancholy comfort, a vague spiritual longing too balmed with its reverberatio

  7. says:

    The Four Quartets by TS Eliot is a classic. The Four Quartets are regarded by many to be the greatest philosophical poem of this century. The titles of the four sections which make up the Quartets are place names, each corresponding to a phase of spiritual development. What particularly satisfies about the Four Quartets is that they complete Eliot's broad spiritual l

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    We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.
    Through the unknown, unremembered gate
    When the last of earth left to discover
    Is that which was the beginning;
    At the source of the longest river
    The voice of the hidden waterfall

  9. says:

    Question 1 (5 points)

    Contrast the treatment of denotation and reference in the following works:

    - Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
    - T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
    - Marcel Proust, A L'Ombre Des Jeunes Filles En Fleurs

    Well, that's what I think's wrong with formal examinations.


  10. says:

    “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”

    T S Eliot, in a six-year period, published a set of four poems: Burnt Norton (1936), East Coker (1940), The Dry Salvages (1941), Little Gidding (1942). These poems have 5 sections each.
    This collection of connected poems addresses multiple thematics about Time and Humanity. Perceived and presented in an existenti

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