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Meditating Four Quartets: Little Gidding (III)

Third Movement There are three conditions which often look alike / Yet differ completely, flourish in the same hedgerow: / Attachment to self and to things and to persons, detachment / From self and from things and from persons; and, … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: Little Gidding (II/5)

Let me disclose the gifts reserved for age / To set a crown upon your lifetime’s effort. Over the past five years, the awareness of my mortality has moved front and center. Not in a morbid or obsessive way–but in … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: Little Gidding (II/3)

I said: ‘The wonder that I feel is easy, / Yet ease is cause of wonder. Therefore speak: / I may not comprehend, may not remember.’ / And he: ‘I am not eager to rehearse / My thoughts and theory … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: Little Gidding (II)

The Second Movement A single theme, three stanzas, each containing four couplets, mildly irregular meter. The irregular meter must be intentional. A poet as accomplished as T. S. Eliot could easily have conformed the lyrics to the traditional form. Perhaps … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: Little Gidding (I/3)

If you came this way, / Taking any route, starting from anywhere, / At any time or at any season, / It would always be the same: you would have to put off / Sense and notion. You are not … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: Little Gidding (I/2)

If you came this way, / Taking the route you would be likely to take / From the place you would be likely to come from, / If you came this way in may time, you would find the hedges … Continue reading

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Meditating Four Quartets: Little Gidding

First Movement Midwinter spring is its own season / Sempiternal though sodden towards sundown, / Suspended in time, between pole and tropic. / When the short day is brightest, with frost and fire, / The brief sun flames the ice, … Continue reading

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