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6.12.13 … T S Eliot reads his Four Quartets – Enjoy!

T.S. Eliot’s the Four Quartets, read by the author, Open Culture:  I just stumbled on Open Culture.  I may have a new favorite website!  I think listening to the author read often changes my understanding.  What do you think?

T S Eliot reads his Four Quartets – YouTube.

Eliot considered the Four Quartets his greatest work. “I’d like to feel that they get better as they go on,” he told Donald Hall in a 1959 interview for the Paris Review. “The second is better than the first, the third is better than the second, and the fourth is the best of all. At any rate, that’s the way I flatter myself.”

The Four Quartets are perhaps the most mystical and religious of Eliot’s poems. Each one is a meditation on time, mixing Christian and Hindu imagery with personal and historical events. “In The Waste Land the waste was place, the ‘Unreal City,’” writes Eliot’s biographer, Lyndall Gordon; “here, the waste is time–time unredeemed by a sense of the timeless.”

via Listen to T.S. Eliot Recite His Late Masterpiece, the Four Quartets | Open Culture.


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