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Dove Descending: A Journey Into T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets (Sapientia Classics)

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Thomas Howard Throughout the world, many consider T.S. Eliot to be the most important and influential poet of the 20th century, and Four Quartets to be his finest poem and greatest literary achievement. Dove Descending is a journey into the beauties and depths of Eliot's masterpiece written by Thomas Howard, bestselling author, professor and critic. In this line-by-line co ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 31st 2006 by Ignatius Press (first published February 20th 2006)
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Miss Clark
"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from." ~ T. S. Eliot

The only thing better than reading Eliot's Four Quartets is reading Thomas Howard's thoughts and ruminations on them, both scholarly and entirely unacademic. He takes you with him on his journey through the poems, but he never claims to be the authority on them or to be able to tell you what it was that Eliot is saying or what you ought to be taking away from the
Philip Zoutendam
Picked up as a companion to my first serious look at Eliot's Four Quartets. I wanted a critic whose thoughts would flow with - and not against - the current of Eliot's, so a Catholic writing for Ignatius Press, rather than Prof. Dryasdust writing for Ivory Tower Pres, seemed like a good choice. It certainly was not dry, and it was written from a point of both sympathy and reverence, which I appreciated. But though it was helpful in several places, and brilliant in a few, the author's voice and s ...more
Invaluable help in appreciating more fully Eliot and his "Four Quartets"
Rick Davis
This book was enormously helpful in understanding Eliot's Four Quartets. I think Howard saw things in Eliot that Eliot himself did not see. And I saw things in Eliot that Howard did not see. And Howard saw many things in Eliot that I did not see. Isn't poetry grand?
Douglas Wilson
Thomas Howard is a thoughtful guy, and he knows Eliot very well. His prose sometimes sparkles, and other times is a little too precious for me. But worth reading.
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I am in the process of reading this book. It is my first real stab at understanding poetry and I am enjoying it thus far.
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Thomas Howard (b. 1935) is a highly acclaimed writer and scholar.

He was raised in a prominent Evangelical home (his sister is well-known author and former missionary Elisabeth Elliot), became Episcopalian in his mid-twenties, then entered the Catholic Church in 1985, at the age of fifty. At the time, his conversion shocked many in evangelical circles, and was the subject of a feature article in th
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