Pilgrimage and Prayer in “Midwinter spring”: “Little Gidding” Movement 1

In our end is in our beginning…. I began this series on T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets with a piece entitled “Pause or Journey,” thinking about what the experience of Lent might be—either as a moment to pause and reflect more deeply on our faith and on one’s own physical, psychological, and spiritual states, or as … Continue reading Pilgrimage and Prayer in “Midwinter spring”: “Little Gidding” Movement 1

“Water, water everywhere…”: Dry Salvages 2

“Dry Salvages” is Eliot’s “Water Quartet.” To the extent that the first two “Quartets” take place anywhere, they take place on land—often in a dry and barren land, sometimes in an equally barren and desolate urban landscape.  But at the beginning of “The Dry Salvages,” landscape changes to riverscape and then to seascape.  This is … Continue reading “Water, water everywhere…”: Dry Salvages 2