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Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
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Jan 18, 2010

it was amazing
Read from January 20 to 21, 2010

I'm not a poetry man. Most poetry just leaves me cold. Little splinters of nothing very much, and an aggravating sense of its own importance. Also very poor value for money: you don't get much for your shilling. Four Quartets, though, is quite different. If anyone asked me what it was about, I would say it is about this particular set of words in this order, nothing more or less. It demands to be read aloud (I am currently attempting to memorise it for this purpose) and is magical, incantatory, fierce. All together now: 'Time present and time past/Are both perhaps present in time future...'

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