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Meditating Four Quartets: East Coker (III/4)

You say I am repeating / Something I have said before. I shall say it again. / Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there, / To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not, … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: East Coker (III/3)

There is death and there is death. We all go into the dark, but if we embrace it before it overtakes us, perhaps the dark will become the darkness that is God and the way to illumination. I said to … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: East Coker (III/2)

I remember watching as a kid an old Lionel Barrymore movie titled On Borrowed Time. (I think it was the first time I ever heard the word “pissant” used.) Gramps traps Death up an apple tree. He steals a little … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: East Coker (III)

Third Movement O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark, / The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant, / The captains, merchant bankers, eminent men of letters, / The generous patrons of art, the statesmen and … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: East Coker (II/2)

Cosmic conflict. Weeping meteors. Ragnarök. Armageddon. Holocaust. The world destroyed by fire, culminating in the lifelessness of absolute zero. And then suddenly we hear the voice of the poet: That was a way of putting it—not very satisfactory: / A … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: Burnt Norton (V)

Fifth Movement Words move, music moves / Only in time; but that which is only living / Can only die. Words, after speech, reach / Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern, / Can words or music reach … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: Burnt Norton (IV)

Fourth Movement Time and the bell have buried the day, The black cloud carries the sun away. Will the sunflower turn to us, will the clematis Stray down, bend to us; tendril and spray Clutch and cling? Chill Fingers of … Continue reading

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