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10786 Time Present and Time Past: Reading T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets"   

“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.”

In this course, we will read and discuss T.S. Eliot's last (and perhaps greatest) poetic work, “Four Quartets.” Written during World War II in London, where Eliot was an air-raid warden during the Blitz, these four poems meditate on time, language, art, life, and finding meaning in a chaotic world. We will also explore these poems in light of the recent release of Eliot’s revealing love letters to Emily Hale.

Recommended reading: "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot, any edition.

 

 

 

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