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Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
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Feb 12, 09

Read in March, 2008

This is a lifelong (or at least adult-lifelong) favorite of mine. I return to it every year or so. One of the great poetic reveries on Christianity and on the nature of eternity, immortality, and ethical purpose. As a nonbeliever, I find these four poems convincing and intelligent as regards one particular religion. As a transient sapient being in a boundless universe, I find them breathtaking in their attempt to pierce through the here and now into the transcendant and timeless. That ability to perceive and depict the unknowable is, for me, one of the greatest consolations, justifications, and uses of art.
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