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Dear Listers,
   
  The following abstract from Literature and Theology (Oxford University
  Press, 2001) should induce readers to explore the scriptural dimensions
  of Four Quartets. 
   
  Incidentally, the Christian motifs of baptism, purgatory and Pentecost 
  here remind me of two fascinating images -- one of Christ's baptism, 
  another of the Purgatory -- in Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service :
   
  A painter of the Umbrian school
  Designed upon a gesso ground
  The nimbus of the Baptized God.
  The wilderness is cracked and browned
   
  But through the water pale and thin
  Still shine the unoffending feet
  And there above the painter set
  The Father and the Paraclete.
   
       .    .     .     .     .
   
  Under the penitential gates
  Sustained by staring Seraphim
  Where the souls of the devout
  Burn invisible and dim.*
   
   
  [These are the aspiring souls of the devout who struggle
   upward to conquer time through time -- by grappling with time present,
   time past and time future -- to reach a state of consciousness that 
   belongs to "the still point".]
   
  ~ CR
   
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  http://litthe.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/15/1/85
   
  Literature and Theology 2001 15(1):85-101; doi:10.1093/litthe/15.1.85 
© 2001 by Oxford University Press
   
  FIRE AND SPIRIT: SCRIPTURE'S SHAPING PRESENCE 
  IN T.S. ELIOT'S FOUR QUARTETS 
  Cornelia Cook 
    Queen Mary and Westfield College London       The predominant scriptural model for T S. Eliot's early works was
  apocalyptic. In Four Quartets the poet's embrace of the medieval tradition 
  which informed his chosen anglo-catholicism produces a new language
  which finds its scriptural affinities elsewhere, notably in the rhetorical
  strategies and significant motifs of gospel writing Meditation on moments
  of epiphany produces an awareness of pentecostal presence which requires
  and values language and associates itself with tradition. A new inflexion 
  emphasises Incarnation, opposing the teleologies of progressivism or 
  apo-calyptic with an equivalence of ‘now’ and ‘always’ The associated motifs
  of baptism, purgatory and Pentecost are interwoven in Four Quartets to form
  an argument which revalues the world, language and history.
   
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