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The Four Quartets is a series of four poems by T.S. Eliot, published individually from 1936 to 1942, and in book form in 1943; it was considered by Eliot himself to be his finest work. Each of the quartets has five "movements" and each is titled by a place name -- BURNT NORTON (1936), EAST COKER (1940), THE DRY SALVAGES (1941), and LITTLE GIDDING (1942). Eliot's insights i ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Faber & Faber (first published 1943)
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howl of minerva
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I remember being at my first anatomy dissection as a demonstrator took this slim volume out of his pocket and said to me, in a room full of cadavers, "In my end is my beginning. Isn't that wonderful? TS Eliot. Do you know it? You must read it." If I'd read the scene in a novel I would have thought it contrived and overly theatrical. But I swear it actually happened.
Anthony Vacca
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets are as apocalyptically-sound as his more well-known The Waste Land (at least in terms of bored freshman who, in the fullness of time, will most likely only dimly remember sludging their way through the poem in some requisite English Lit courses), but whereas the latter keeps its cosmic lens rolling on the ecological, religious and human desolation brought to the early 20th century by the wonders of Imperialism and Industrialization, the FQ, on the other hand, carpet bo ...more
Manuel Antão
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1981
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.




Profound Place: "Four Quartets" by T. S. Eliot




(Original Review, 1981-05-12)


I’m always impressed by the influence of mediaeval mystical texts on 'Four Quartets'. This was the subject of a chapter in my thesis. These days, I would probably want to change some of the argument of that chapter, but I would not change the overall conviction that a primary concern of the poems was the maintenance of an almost intolerable tension between the w
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Pooja
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-novels
This type of poetry fills me with bewilderment of where was I till now and how it took me this much time to encounter something as brilliant as this!



Seriously, where was I ?
...more
Kelly
This is the first record of my reading that I have not posted on this website in 6 and a half years.

You can find my full review of the amazing experience of this book at soapboxing: http://soapboxing.net/2013/10/four-qu...

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ORIGINAL: Well. I just... I... what I mean to say is... I think I...

Holy fuck.

Yeah, gimme a minute on this one, guys.
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Antonomasia
[4.5] Through my years on Goodreads, I've seen reviews of T.S. Eliot's poetry, especially The Wasteland, and it always sounds like something I'd love. But also a lot of work, because he makes allusions mostly to stuff I haven't read yet. I've read quite a lot more classics now, yet still not the ones he references the most.

To whittle down outstanding categories in a reading challenge, I was looking for something very short that was a poetry *collection* yet didn't have too many separate poems,
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Ade Bailey
Jun 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is something that I've been reading and returning to for more than 40 years. Few works are so intimately connected with my own life changes. Truly, all poems are read afresh with each reading: as oneself changes, the poems change. In the case of Four Quartets, I used to go o it for melancholy comfort, a vague spiritual longing too balmed with its reverberations of paradox and eastern thoughts while rooted in the soil of an East Anglian mysticism. I also found its original influence (along w ...more
Peycho Kanev
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The Four Quartets by TS Eliot is a classic. The Four Quartets are regarded by many to be the greatest philosophical poem of this century. The titles of the four sections which make up the Quartets are place names, each corresponding to a phase of spiritual development. What particularly satisfies about the Four Quartets is that they complete Eliot's broad spiritual landscape begun with "Prufrock," "Gerontion," and The Wasteland, poems about failure in a bankrupt universe, but with the words from ...more
rahul
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, favorites

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of comple
...more
Manny
Question 1 (5 points)

Contrast the treatment of denotation and reference in the following works:

- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
- T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
- Marcel Proust, A L'Ombre Des Jeunes Filles En Fleurs

Well, that's what I think's wrong with formal examinations.

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(Gratuitous cross-promotion)

Question 2 (3 points)

Order the following by the extent to which they glorify substance abuse:

- Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting
- Hunter S. Thompson, Fea
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Manuel Alberto Vieira
Regresso a um dos mestres maiores, tão completo nesta sua modernidade sem afectações.
Luís
Nothing beats a glimpse, to approach this attempt to write a few words about Eliot's "Four Quartets".
This long poem, a meditation on life, time, poetry or quite merely on words, earned its author the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948.
Four poems (called according to places in England and the United States "Burnt Norton", "East Coker", "The Dry Salvages" and "Little Gidding") were first written separately, only to reappear together in 1943 as then "Four Quartets".
T. S. Eliot (who belonged with Jo
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André
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”

T S Eliot, in a six-year period, published a set of four poems: Burnt Norton (1936), East Coker (1940), The Dry Salvages (1941), Little Gidding (1942). These poems have 5 sections each.
This collection of connected poems addresses multiple thematics about Time and Humanity. Perceived and presented in an existential method, Eliot's poems present complex philosophical points; In a period of chaos and destruction (World War II), the author relies his poetry
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Tim
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets is a masterpiece. I don't know how I missed it before this year. How can you not love a poem that says things like:

There is, it seems to us,
At best, only a limited value
In the knowledge derived from experience.
The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies,
For the pattern is new in every moment
And every moment is a new and shocking
Valuation of all we have been....
Do not let me hear
Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly,
Their fear of fear and frenzy, their
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Jonfaith
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetshere
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.


Eliot appears to be brooding on the elusive nature of time. This meditation doesn't shirk the inviolability of biological time but rather impales itself as an aesthetic act in the ouroboros of our conscious entanglement.
João Fernandes
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"We can only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire."
Atri(on hiatus)
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
...
And last, the rending pain of re-enactment
Of all that you have done, and been; the shame
Of motives late revealed, and the awareness
Of things ill done and done to others' harm
Which you once took for exercise of virtue.

...

History may be servitude.
History may be freedom. See, now they vanish,
The faces and places, with the self which, as it could, loved them,
to become renewed, transfigured, in another pa
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Mario_Bambea
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poesia, americana
In my beginning is my end

La parola che mi viene in mente per questa opera è prodigio : non immaginavo che temi così astratti, così ineffabili e metafisici potessero divenire materiale poetico e con quali splendidi risultati estetici, visionari e musicali! Non ho le competenze per una disanima critica di questo libro meraviglioso, vera pietra miliare della letteratura moderna: e impossibile mi è anche scegliere tra The Waste Land e questi Four Quartets.
Posso solo dire che ho adorato la capacit
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Cristian
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No puedo expresar con precisión todo lo enunciado por Eliot en este volumen, hacerlo, de cualquier modo -pienso-, es una necedad. Solo él supo a cabalidad. Encuentro cálidas, afables, serenas e insondables sus palabras; nutridas, evidentemente, por una formidable fuerza oriental, de este modo, supe desde el primer poema -Burnt Norton- que este trabajo era una obra maestra. Volveré, supongo, asaz a sus lineas vigorizantes.
Narjes Dorzade
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
پس زجر را کدام کس ساخته است ؟ عشق ، عشق نام ناآشنایی ست ، پشت دستانی که پیرهن تحمل ناشدنی شعله را ببافند . پیرهنی که نیروی انسانی توان کندنش را ندارد . او باریده ی آتش یا آتش که فقط ما می زی ایم و دم می زنیم .


یک کتاب خوب از الیوت با ترجمه ی نسبتا خوب .
Laurel Hicks
Just beautiful! This set of poems deserves many readings.
Pablo Hernandez
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In my beginning is my end

Hay libros que te pueden cambiar la vida, libros cuya lectura resulta de una intensidad tal que tu manera de ver y de experimentar las cosas, el entorno, el mundo, deja de ser la misma que antes; libros, en definitiva, que te tocan en lo más hondo del alma y logran, silenciosamente, cambiar tu percepción en cuanto a todo lo que te rodea. Uno termina de leerlos y queda sumido entre la plenitud y la felicidad más placenteras, con el único deseo de poder cobijarse y reposar
...more
B. P. Rinehart
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
" The dove descending breaks the air
With flame of incandescent terror
Of which the tongues declare
The one dischage from sin and error.
The only hope, or else despair
Lies in the choice of pyre of pyre-
To be redeemed from fire by fire.

Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
We only live, only suspire
Consumed by either fire or fire.
" - Section 4 of "Little Gidding"

Now over the whole perio
...more
José Simões
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Depois de lermos Eliot, Celan, Ruy Belo ou Éluard, que palavras podemos escrever? Quatro quartetos com andamentos muito distintos, mas todos eles tão transcendentais quanto a música de Schubert ou Mahler. Fico-me pelas palavras do autor, soberbas:

«Não desistiremos de explorar
E o fim de toda a nossa exploração
Será chegarmos ao lugar de onde partimos
E conhecer o lugar pela primeira vez.
Através do portão desconhecido e lembrado
Quando o último confim da terra por descobrir
For o lugar que foi o começ
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Arlette
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read this to yourself out loud and slowly, it will echo in your head the rest of your life. I think it will last forever.
Cindy Rollins
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, bookclub, reread
Too much depth for me to give it 5 stars like I got it all. Lovely lines and metaphors but hard to grasp.
Felicity
Apr 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: philosophers, writers, dreamers, mystics
Four Quartets is one of the most astounding pieces of writing I've ever encountered. It may start off strange and esoteric, but it becomes more and more familiar through the reading, until you feel almost as if you are experiencing Eliot's journeys and musings instead of reading a poetic result of them. It builds upon itself in the most transparent yet masterful ways. An incredible experience for me as a writer and a thinker.
Manny
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the finest poetry in English of the 20th century. I never grow tired of it.
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Thomas Stearns Eliot was a poet, dramatist and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 "for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry." He wrote the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday, and Four Quartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party; and the essay Tradition and the Individ ...more

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