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Four Quartets (Faber Poetry)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
Purchased as yet another replacement copy-last one fell apart as usual. I carry it wherever I'm going in case I'm stuck at a station or airport and bored with or run out of energy for my current reading matter. Complex and uplifting the final words never fail to move me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2010
'The Four Quartets' is often mocked by people who don't enjoy poetry as nonsense. Although it takes a greaqt deal of patience to try and understand what Eliot is saying, it is nevertheless worth reading. It was written over a lenghty time and seems to illustrate Eliot's faith and his attempt to reach some sort of understanding. It can be seen as a piece of meditation which draws both from Christian and Buddhist influences. It is not an 'easy read', but even if you don't take the trouble to try and understand what it means, it can still create a particular feeling as most good poetry does. I suppose it is sort of comparable to a Steven Berkoff play - the meaning can be a bit obscure unless you actually spend hours studying it - but it still leaves a powerful impression!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
T.S.Eliot's mind takes you around so many twists and turns so this is collection of poetry to which you have to come back time and time again. It is not a one off. I enjoy the stimulation of the words and images he uses. They may fascinate, but they never satisfy since there is always more to be discovered at every subsequent read. One can get hooked on poetry of this genre which is philosophical and metaphysical, and yet so absorbing and thought provoking..
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2010
Ralph Fiennes does a magnificent job of reading one of my all time favorite poems, The Four Quartets by T.S.Eliot. A true delight
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2013
t.s. eliot is, no doubt, the great English language poet. "The four quartets"is probably one of the bst poems of mankind. Many of its verses are today popular sayings, titles of films and books, or even themes of life for writers and common people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2014
So many touching words , I said to my soul be still and wait without hope for hope would be hope for the wrong thing, wait without love for love would be love for the wrong thing, yet there is faith, but the faith, the hope and the love are all in the waiting, wait without thought for you are not yet ready for thought. So the darkness will be the light, the stillness the dancing ..................karin castle.
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on 23 June 2015
This rating has nothing to do with the Four Quartets themselves. They are such wonderful examples of the skill and art of poetry that I have nothing to add. What I would say and what demonstrates a total lack of appreciation of the music, sound and cadence of the poetry is the inclusion of a soundtrack that drains all of these elements away from the words. A semi automatic reading by a voice that has the sound of computer generated speech is outrageous when attached to a cultural product that uses these elements so intimately to produce meaning within the work. Shame on Amazon for committing such a cultural travesty!
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on 30 January 2014
To love poetryijs essential. To love Eliot's poetry takes time and effort, reading and re-reading. But no-one said it would be easy. The thing about Eliot is that it is SO very worth it when you get there - or when you realise the meaning is there for you to interpret in whatever way you wish to do so. Persevere and the rewards you will claim as your own.
By the way - I have not read it all yet - as I said - it takes time!
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on 11 February 2015
A classic of 20th Century poetry that also informs a large swathe of the christian mystical tradition in the spiritual literature of this time. Sparse, yet dense with meaning. " Little Gidding" is my personal favourite poem in the sequence; whilst "Ash Wednesday" is the better known. To be read and reread over the years with never diminishing pleasure and always more insight. Timeless and a gem.
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on 12 March 2015
I originally heard this read on Radio 4 and was blown away by the beauty of the writing. I just had to get the book. It is something I will dip into time and time again.
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