- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; First edition (March 20, 1968)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156332256
- ISBN-13: 978-0156332255
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Four Quartets First Edition
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About the Author
THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.
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Yes, you can read it on the web. But I like to hold it in my hands. As I ponder. And am swept away - yet again - by its magnificence. Certain phrases are now simply part of me. And so often I find that Eliot has dealt with topics and issues that resurface, like leitmotifs, during episodes of my life - both large and small. And this move has certainly been filled with episodes of both types. As is this twilight time - of life.
I really don't understand, however, WHY there is no Kindle version of this poem! Hint... Hint... It would be such a comfort in the middle of the night... sometimes. Or maybe while waiting in a waiting room.
I've been pondering Four Quartets for decades: Trying to wrap my mind around some of it. Appreciating it more and more with each reading. I read it slowly - almost whispering the words. Enjoying the cadence of the language, the brilliance of the poetry. I actually have the recorded words of Eliot I could listen to. But somehow seeing the words, for me, is more enjoyable. More time to ponder - in leisure.
It's a hard poem to get into - the first time. Later it's impossible to get out of - or the poem captures you. In a good way. If you give it time. Attention. Let go of self. And give in to the rhythm, the murmuring, like waves on a beach, ceaseless movement which is also timeless. All of life is in this poem!
Between midnight and dawn where the past is all deception,
The future futureless. before the morning watch
When time stops, and time is never ending;
And the ground swell, that is, and was from the beginning,
I know...you were going to say the same thing...
PS Little Gidding is also fabulous....