Four Quartets

Four Quartets

by T. S. Eliot

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The last major verse written by Nobel laureate T. S. Eliot, considered by Eliot himself to be his finest work


Four Quartets is a rich composition that expands the spiritual vision introduced in “The Waste Land.” Here, in four linked poems (“Burnt Norton,” “East Coker,” “The Dry Salvages,” and “Little Gidding”), spiritual, philosophical, and personal themes emerge through symbolic allusions and literary and religious references from both Eastern and Western thought. It is the culminating achievement by a man considered the greatest poet of the twentieth century and one of the seminal figures in the evolution of modernism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156332255
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/20/1968
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 121,121
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

Table of Contents

Burnt Norton13
East Coker23
The Dry Salvages35
Little Gidding49

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Four Quartets 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
mary_librarian More than 1 year ago
I've always thought Four Quartets the best of his major verse works. Challenging, to be sure, but clearer and more meaningful than The Wasteland (which Eliot himself dismissed as "rhythmic grumbling"). Each poem, I think, is better than the last. A handsome edition.
bokai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book two and a half times. While I enjoyed some passages, most recalled to me an image of a man talking to himself in a rambling manner. Maybe it's because I don't have Eliot's education. I don't think it's possible to know everything Eliot knew and then also that Pluto is no longer a planet, for example. Too much means nothing if you don't know what Eliot is meaning, and I'm a firm follower of the cult of 'at least -something- has to be intelligible if the reader is not a Ph.D in the classics!' In an effort to understand a little better I took a look at some of the annotations made by various Eliot scholars. It didn't help. Maybe later I'll take another jab at understanding this work, but for now I'm satisfied to say that whatever inspiration I might manage to mine out of it isn't worth the exertion of the mining.
kathleenmcgowan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eliot is a fantastic poet. The poems in the Quartets have as much merit in their aural imprints as in their physical words. Those who claim to appreciate good poetry would do well to read his work.
daizylee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed The Waste Land, this will be a nice follow-up. Deeper and heavier and ultimately more substantial.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't like this quite so well as "The Wasteland" and "Prufrock," but it's got some truly scintillating verse.
Law-finder More than 1 year ago
I bought it due to a reference of this author while reading the book: Full Catastrophe Living by Jonn Kabat-Zinn.If you like to delve into spirtual issues; Four Quartets is an inspiring book to read and enjoy.
Elizabeth87beauty More than 1 year ago
Fantastic work, nice nice nice!
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