Frances Rushworth wrote:
>I have been mulling over the
>importance of those lines of debated scanscion, wondering why I agree with
>Gunnar - they are central to the Four Quartets.
>Who then devised the torment? Love.
>Love is unfamiliar Name
>Behind the hands that wove
>The intolerable shirt of flame
>Which human power cannot remove.
>The idea that Love is not just wonderful fulfilment, joy and being at one,
>or at least, that one of its consequences may be the duty to deny oneself
>desires - an unfamiliar name. Echoing the command to say to one's soul, be
>still, to wait without love, or hope or thought, and later, the idea of
>detachment - is this a freedom from love, or loss of self in a universal
>concept which might be called love? 'liberation - not less of love but
>expanding of love beyond desire'. Love ... 'Caught in the form of
>limitation Between un-being and being.' that state so often alluded
>throughout the poem, beyond human power, though striven towards.
>The annoyance that I cannot clearly think through, much less express, where
>such meanderings take me, leads me to offer you a favourite poem by Mervyn
>Peake (author of Gormenghast).
I think you said it quite well, Fran.