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A blend of explanation and intuition can then be shown to have served as the motive cause of much of the modernist poetry written in English. Key to it is the ability to place poems' sociological reach and philosophical range within each poem's marriage between content and form, without partiality or the making of poems into problems or their solutions.

This marriage, when found, becomes the thing itself, untranslatable and without paraphrase, owing to its uniquely constructed references, syntax, and images. Its critical correlative is the ability to retain a mind so fine, as Eliot said of Henry James's mind, that no idea could violate it. Implicit in Eliot's phrase, and unproved, is the sense that ideas, always the product of some mind, actually can violate minds. More reliable is Eliot's weaker and more threatening claim that ideas are always able more to violate than to receive violation. For Eliot, the mind is easier to sully than its contents or its fragments.

Knowing this of him, one can name precisely what makes one uneasy about the opening sentence of John Xiros Cooper's otherwise even and informative T. Eliot and the Ideology of 'Four Quartets'. He writes: 'Reading Ash-Wednesday today is a relatively simple matter'. One, naturally, looks forward to learning how, or when, this became the case, and one is grateful for a candour that all but promises to tell.

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One finishes the book realizing that one is not going to be told. This offers both relief and concern: Cooper's first sentence is not a prelude to its justification. It is, instead and unintentionally, a warning to resist its confidence and easily flowing ease. It is its being unintentional that makes one uneasy, as if the author were more certain of why he is writing than of what he has to say.

The sentence does not quite claim that this is so, just as it does not quite claim that the poem is simple.

T. S. Eliot and the Ideology of Four Quartets

It merely does not invite questions about such claims. Eliot and mysticism : the secret history of Four quartets. Responsibility Paul Murray. Imprint Basingstoke : MacMillan, Physical description xiv, p. Online Available online.

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Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Bibliography Bibliography: p. Contents Introduction: a sceptic with a taste for mysticism-- mysticism and "Four Quartets"-- the question of sources. Part 1 "Burnt Norton" - at the still point: mysticism and music - the music of imagery, music and meaning-- the philosophy of stillness - Richard of St.

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Victor and Aristotle, the mystical attitude of Henry Bergson, the philosophy of the poet and the poem-- Eliot in meditation - meditation and poetry, the structure of a meditation. Part 2 "East Coker" - the way of negation: the ascetic vision - a dance of death-- the Good Friday lyric-- poetry and asceticism-- the poet "between two worlds"-- mysticism and incarnation - two types of mysticism, the meaning of incarnation-- the influence of St.

John of the cross - the language of paradox, the theology of the dark night. Part 3 "The Dry Salvages" - visions and revisions: mysticism under scrutiny - the influence of Soren Kiekegaard - mysticism and meaning, a Kierkegaardian perspective, the recovery of dread-- the Brahmin and Buddhist influence - "Burnt Norton", "East Coker", "The Dry Salvages", "Little Gidding"-- mysticism and magic - meditation and the occult, the ghost of W.

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Yeats, a minor source - Maurice Maeterlinck, P. Ouspensky and Charles Williams. Part 4 "Little Gidding" - an end of exploration: the language of patriotism - Rudyard Kipling and Rupert Brooke-- mysticism and myth 1 and the Shakespeare pattern - the mythical method and "Four Quartets", the theme of death and rebirth - Eliot and G. Wilson Knight, journey through darkness into light - Eliot and Colin Still, the question of belief-- mysticism and myth - 2 and the Dantean parallel - Eliot "in the middle way", the journey towards spiritual freedom, visionary imagination, the states of heaven and damnation.