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Book 40 - Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

The Four Quartets is a series of four poems by T.S. Eliot, published individually from 1936 to 1942, and in book form in 1943; it was considered by Eliot himself to be his finest work. Each of the quartets has five "movements" and each is titled by a place name -- BURNT NORTON (1936), EAST COKER (1940), THE DRY SALVAGES (1941), and LITTLE GIDDING (1942). Eliot's insights into the cyclical nature of life are revealed through themes and images woven throughout the four poems. Spiritual, philosophical, and personal themes emerge through symbolic allusions and literary and religious references from both Eastern and Western thought. The work addresses the connections of the personal and historical present and past, spiritual renewal, and the very nature of experience; it is considered the poet's clearest exposition of his Christian beliefs. (The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature)

This is a slim little book that could easily be finished in one sitting, but you might want to pause and savor the words. I don't really consider myself a poetry person and read this to fulfill a Read Harder task, but I do like the way Eliot puts words together. In fact, I liked one passage so much that I saved the quote to my phone: "Except for the point, the still point, There would be no dance, and there is only the dance."
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