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'I wish to read the opening passage of T. S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton,” the first of Four Quartets (1944), because I find it the most difficult part of the poem as well as one of the richest sections of it. Its difficulty and its richness are co- ordinate in ways that need to be specified, and while Four Quartets as a whole continually interprets the opening passage while further enriching it, it is also true that this passage establishes the lines along which we interpret the whole of the Quartets, including what we understand to be the character of its wholeness. “Burnt Norton” was written in the autumn of 1935 and published before the idea of the further three poems came to Eliot.2 That Four Quartets is a whole can scarcely be denied – its unity is thematically and formally insisted upon in “East Coker”, “The Dry Salvages” and especially “Little Gidding”. And yet “Burnt Norton” also exists as a poem in its own right. More exactly, one might say that it once existed simply by itself but now does not. It was progressively taken up into a greater unity, and now the later three sections permeate the first, ramifying and deepening some if not all of its lines. This first poem, section or movement of Four Quartets has two epigraphs taken from Heraclitus, which frame the whole. Let us begin with these.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon The Free Mind : Essays and Poems in Honour of Barry Spurr Catherine Runcie (editor), Revesby : Edwin H. Lowe Publishing , 2016 10728339 2016 anthology poetry essay

    'For over forty years, Barry Spurr has created a significant body of work in English literary scholarship, spanning a wide range of fields from Early Modern literature to contemporary Australian poetry. Barry Spurr is acknowledged as a leading scholar in the fields of religious literature and liturgical language, most notably in the works of Renaissance poet John Donne, the Modernist poet T.S. Eliot, and the language and literature of the Anglo-Catholic tradition. He was appointed by the University of Sydney as Australia's first Professor of Poetry and Poetics, and holds a notable reputation as a teacher and mentor to students, and as a friend to peers and colleagues. He has also been notable as a public intellectual, with a particular interest in the role of literature in the modern education system, and the role of the humanities in the modern university.

    'This book is a collection of scholarly papers, contemplative essays and poems, written or contributed in honour of Barry Spurr. The Festschrift's contributors include his former teachers and mentors, his students and colleagues, and includes scholars and public intellectuals in his fields of scholarship or public interest. This Festschrift is a very fine collection of poetry, public discourse and literary criticism, on topics ranging from the works of William Shakespeare, to John Milton, T.S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, and Wilfred Owen, in addition to scholarship on liturgical language and religious and literary philosophy.' (Publication summary)

    Revesby : Edwin H. Lowe Publishing , 2016
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