Tearing down the scaffold: “East Coker,” Movement II

In Movement II of “East Coker,” Eliot gets rid of three things he (and maybe we) depend on for our sense of things: nature, creative expression (in his case, poetry), and wisdom itself. This triple rejection, tearing down the scaffold of our self-deceptions, strikes me as very frightening, very brave (especially for a poet), and … Continue reading Tearing down the scaffold: “East Coker,” Movement II