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Frances Dickey resumes her summary of the Eliot to Hale Letters.
The last summary I reported on was dated September 6th. The
new one is dated October 6th. It is titled "Visits to Little
Gidding and East Coker".
Two days after the publication of his "Collected Poems" on 2
April 1936, Eliot muses on birds in a delightful letter
describing the sound of the nightingale. He awoke from
dreaming about Hale to hear a nightingale singing in the
middle of the night, he tells her, and he heard it again in
the morning. ... Birds are dependent upon poets, he observes
On 11 May, Eliot encloses a positive review and some letters
from admirers praising *her* poem. "Burnt Norton" is about
her, he says, and also about time.
[I]n person or in imagination, Eliot visits the settings of
the other three "Quartets" within the space of a month.