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Four Quartets The Four Quartets is a series of four poems by T S Eliot published individually from to and in book form in it was considered by Eliot himself to be his finest work Each of the quarte

  • Title: Four Quartets
  • Author: T.S. Eliot
  • ISBN: 9780571068944
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Four Quartets is a series of four poems by T.S Eliot, published individually from 1936 to 1942, and in book form in 1943 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 name BURNT NORTON 1936 , EAST COKER 1940 , THE DRY SALVAGES 1941 , and LITTLE GIDDING 1942 Eliot s insights iThe Four Quartets is a series of four poems by T.S Eliot, published individually from 1936 to 1942, and in book form in 1943 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 name BURNT NORTON 1936 , EAST COKER 1940 , THE DRY SALVAGES 1941 , and LITTLE GIDDING 1942 Eliot 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 Merriam Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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    1. Camille Stein on said:

      Young Eliot — Chris Buzelli - ow/AfgL30aLNgZTime present and time pastAre both perhaps present in time futureAnd time future contained in time past.If all time is eternally presentAll time is unredeemable.What might have been is an abstractionRemaining a perpetual possibilityOnly in a world of speculation.What might have been and what has beenPoint to one end, which is always present.Footfalls echo in the memoryDown the passage which we did not takeTowards the door we never openedInto the rose [...]

    2. Anthony Vacca on said:

      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, religious and human desolation brought to the early 20th century by the wonders of Imperialism and Industrialization, the FQ, on the other hand, carpet [...]

    3. howl of minerva on said:

      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 actually happened.

    4. Kelly on said:

      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: soapboxing/2013/10/four-qu* * *ORIGINAL: Well. I just I what I mean to say is I think IHoly fuck.Yeah, gimme a minute on this one, guys.

    5. Pooja on said:

      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 ?

    6. Hadrian on said:

      Apparently I haven't put this into and thought I did. Ah well.This is really good poetry. Don't trust me. Go read it. It's not very long, and you can probably find it in 30 seconds on Google. Please go read it.That being said, it is rather astonishing. Eliot has this rhythm, which survives even in Prufock, and shines here. Themes from religion and nature and history. Heraclius and Marcus Aurelius and St. John and aphorism and myth, Pentacostal fire and the chanting advance of the Bhagavad Ghita [...]

    7. Abailart on said:

      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 reverberations of paradox and eastern thoughts while rooted in the soil of an East Anglian mysticism. I also found its original influence (along w [...]

    8. Peycho Kanev on said:

      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 landscape begun with "Prufrock," "Gerontion," and The Wasteland, poems about failure in a bankrupt universe, but with the words from [...]

    9. Pantelis on said:

      A vision of salvation through transcendental awareness To read in tandem with Octavio Paz's "Piedra de Sol"

    10. Manny on said:

      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 FleursWell, that's what I think's wrong with formal examinations._______________________________________(Gratuitous cross-promotion)Question 2 (3 points)Order the following by the extent to which they glorify substance abuse:- Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting- Hunter S. Thompson, Fea [...]

    11. rahul on said:

      We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.Through the unknown, unremembered gateWhen the last of earth left to discoverIs that which was the beginning;At the source of the longest riverThe voice of the hidden waterfallAnd the children in the apple-treeNot known, because not looked forBut heard, half-heard, in the stillnessBetween two waves of the sea.Quick now, here, now, always—A condition of comp [...]

    12. Tim on said:

      T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets is a masterpiece. I don't know how I missed it before this year. How can you not love a poem that says things like:There is, it seems to us,At best, only a limited valueIn the knowledge derived from experience.The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies,For the pattern is new in every momentAnd every moment is a new and shockingValuation of all we have been.Do not let me hearOf the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly,Their fear of fear and frenzy, their fea [...]

    13. João Fernandes on said:

      "We can only live, only suspireConsumed by either fire or fire."

    14. Abdul Kareem on said:

      Eliot's True Masterpiece!T.S Eliot's poems are musical and spiced with sentimental preaching. A short book of just 48 pages. This book is a set of four parts "BURNT NORTON", "EAST COKER", "THE DRY SALVAGES", and "LITTLE GIDDING" which reflects the rigorous spiritual and philosophies that preoccupied with the poet. I was extremely lucky to get the chance to read this book. A gem of a book! A true gem that should be appreciated. I left the library in extreme awe from the great literary masterpiece [...]

    15. Ken Moten on said:

      " The dove descending breaks the airWith flame of incandescent terrorOf which the tongues declareThe one dischage from sin and error.The only hope, or else despair Lies in the choice of pyre of pyre- To be redeemed from fire by fire.Who then devised the torment? Love.Love is the unfamiliar NameBehind the hands that woveThe intolerable shirt of flameWhich human power cannot remove. We only live, only suspire Consumed by either fire or fire." - Section 4 of "Little Gidding"Now over the whole perio [...]

    16. Narjes Dorzade on said:

      پس زجر را کدام کس ساخته است ؟ عشق ، عشق نام ناآشنایی ست ، پشت دستانی که پیرهن تحمل ناشدنی شعله را ببافند . پیرهنی که نیروی انسانی توان کندنش را ندارد . او باریده ی آتش یا آتش که فقط ما می زی ایم و دم می زنیم .یک کتاب خوب از الیوت با ترجمه ی نسبتا خوب .

    17. Arlette on said:

      If you read this to yourself out loud and slowly, it will echo in your head the rest of your life. I think it will last forever.

    18. Richard on said:

      I think that "Four Quartets" is Eliot's masterpiece and one of the great poetic works of the twentieth century. Of the four, my favourites are the first and the last, but all four have moments of Epiphany such as this section in "East Coker":"Love is most nearly itself When here and now cease to matter. Old men ought to be explorers Here or there does not matter We must be still and still moving Into another intensity For a further union, a deeper communion Through the dark cold and the empty de [...]

    19. Felicity on said:

      Four Quartets is one of the most astounding pieces of writing I've ever encountered. It may start off strange and esoteric, but it becomes more and more familiar through the reading, until you feel almost as if you are experiencing Eliot's journeys and musings instead of reading a poetic result of them. It builds upon itself in the most transparent yet masterful ways. An incredible experience for me as a writer and a thinker.

    20. Matthew on said:

      Listen to T.S. Eliot read "Four Quartets" here: youtube/watch?v=Ga8tQrG4ZSwBurnt NortonITime present and time pastAre both perhaps present in time futureAnd time future contained in time past.If all time is eternally presentAll time is unredeemable.What might have been is an abstractionRemaining a perpetual possibilityOnly in a world of speculation.What might have been and what has beenPoint to one end, which is always present.Footfalls echo in the memoryDown the passage which we did not takeTow [...]

    21. Anastasia on said:

      Quattro quartetti è la penultima raccolta di poesie del caro Eliot. Un Eliot diverso, però, meno personale, si rivolge non più a sé, ma al tempo. E' un'intera dedica al Tempo, alle sue sfacettature, alle case in cui dimora (le rughe di un uomo, le stagioni, le case, la Terra). In seguito comporrà solo due o tre poesie, si dedicherà completamente al saggio. Posso dire che mi è mancato un sacco l'Eliot di The Hollow Men, The Waste Land, Ash-Wednesday? Non sono neanche sicura di essere abbas [...]

    22. Eleanor on said:

      Beautiful, mesmerising poetry. There is so much to contemplate in these four poems about time, faith and spiritual belief, whether the reader is a practising Christian, or a humanist, or a follower of a philosophy such as Buddhism. It is a meditation on the human condition. It end with this famous passage:We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.Through the unknown, remembered gateWhen the last of e [...]

    23. Ana Rînceanu on said:

      If I knew less about European history and Christianity, I probably wouldn't get the subtle points of the writing. Eliot's rhythm and universal themes balance the rest out, but I'll probably need to come back to it.

    24. Khalil on said:

      Caution : this is a 5 stars rating ,( obviously like everybody here on ) the rest of the stars are coming along when I understand what does thispoetrymean , or when my mind evolve to understand such a poetry :)

    25. Roya on said:

      I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon youWhich shall be the darkness of God

    26. Teresa Proença on said:

      "No meu começo está o meu fim. Uma após outraAs casas erguem-se e caem, desmoronam, são aumentadas,São mudadas, destruídas, restauradas, ou onde estavamFica um descampado ou uma fábrica ou um desvio.De pedra velha a edifício novo, de lenha velha a fogos novos,De fogos velhos a cinzas e de cinzas à terraQue é já carne, pele e fezes,Osso de homem e bicho, haste de trigo e folha.As casas vivem e morrem: há um tempo para edificarE um tempo para viver e para procriarE um tempo para o vent [...]

    27. Allegra on said:

      This quartet of longer poems is Eliot's very best and most provoking poetry. He has become a sort of Modernist monster over the years, but forget Prufrock and read this. His allusion to Beethoven's Four Quartets is apt. Eliot did not publish anymore poetry after this text, and Beethoven's quartet with four movements was his last finished work. Listen to the Beethoven quartet. Read Taking the Quantum Leap. Read about Sanskrit and Hinduism as well, appreciate this intricately layered poem even mor [...]

    28. A.J. on said:

      A spiritual mediation on existence contemplated in shades of light and gloam, Four Quartets is beautiful, concurrently haunting and illuminating.“I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon youWhich shall be the darkness of God.”

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