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❚ Four Quartets by TS Eliot


TS Eliot’s Four Quartets was a masterpiec­e composed in the toughest of times. e Quartets were written in the a ermath of the First World War and just before, and during, the Second World War.

ey conjure up the lost opportunit­ies of the interwar years – “Down the passage which we did not take, towards the door we never opened, Into the rose garden,” – but all is not lost.

Having journeyed through terrible desolation – captured in e Waste Land

– Eliot arrives at his destinatio­n in Li le Gidding, the fourth of the Four Quartets. He joins with Mother Julian of Norwich in insisting “and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”.

is is not a foolish belief that we can avoid life’s tragedies and misfortune­s. but that we can come through the eye of the storm. e poet describes the procession of helplessne­ss of all who “all go into the dark” and consoles us with the appearance of the wounded surgeon and “the deep compassion of the healer’s art”. Like John Donne and the devotional poetry of the

17th century, Eliot’s Quartets are meditative poems displaying amazing originalit­y, extraordin­ary learning, and depth.

His originalit­y is central to this masterpiec­e. It is what he called “the music of ideas”.

Eliot himself regarded Four Quartets as his masterpiec­e and it led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature: perfect for what Winston Churchill called our inevitable encounters with the “black dog”.

 ?? ?? fzal Khan Labour MP for Manchester Gorton
fzal Khan Labour MP for Manchester Gorton
 ?? ?? Nobel Prize winner TS Eliot, 1955
Nobel Prize winner TS Eliot, 1955

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