Better than average TSE blog. I've posted
the first two paragraphs.
Posted by Ben Myers at 12:49 AM
Monday, 6 September 2010
We had the experience but missed the meaning:
a note on misreading
What do you think is the most terrifying work of
literature ever written? It's a tough competition.
But personally, I'd say The Dry Salvages (1941)
from T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets would have to be
high on the list of finalists. The poem is absolutely
relentless, suffocating, unforgiving; I find myself
gasping for breath as I read it.
It's remarkable – and instructive – to see how often
snippets from Dry Salvages are quoted as though they
were positive, affirming sentiments, nice pieces of
wisdom to live by. As though Eliot liked us; as though
he wanted us to feel better about our lives.