A Short Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

More poetry for a Monday morning…

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An overview of Eliot’s classic poem

Four Quartets was T. S. Eliot’s last great achievement as a poet. After its publication in the early 1940s, Eliot would write occasional minor verses, but much of his creative energy was directed into the theatre, where he wrote a series of attempts to bring about a renaissance in English verse drama (with mixed results). But Four Quartets was his swansong as a poet, and helped to ‘set a crown upon a lifetime’s effort’, as he puts it in ‘Little Gidding’. The present post is the first in a short series of posts that seek to analyse Four Quartets – this post provides a brief overview to the poem, and four subsequent posts will analyse the four individual poems that make up Four Quartets.

In an early draft of his essay ‘The Three Voices of Poetry’, T. S. Eliot wrote that the last…

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