April is the Cruelest Month

NPG x88526,Thomas Stearns ('T.S.') Eliot,by Ida Kar

T.S. Eliot is this month’s poet. Last month’s poet was Milosz and it was a great success that is,  I learned a great deal. I am more familiar with Eliot but just couldn’t resist dedicating the month of April to studying his works.  Where to begin? I suppose The Waste Land or The Four Quartets would be a good start.

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2 comments

  1. Choruses from The Rock is a must read for inconsolable christians who feel they don’t belong to the modern world.

    “They constantly try to escape
    From the darkness outside and within
    By dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.”

    “The Church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, what have we to do
    But stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards
    In an age which advances progressively backwards?”

    “Even the anchorite who meditates alone,
    For whom the days and nights repeat the praise of GOD,
    Prays for the Church, the Body of Christ incarnate.”

    “And we must extinguish the candle, put out the light and relight it;
    Forever must quench, forever relight the flame.”

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