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In a message dated 12/12/2006 20:24:11 GMT Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes:
Thanks, Vishvesh.
 
Incidentally, this article provides me an occasion to share a flash
I had had years ago as to the symbolic significance of the titles of
the four movements of the poem:
 
Burnt Norton : Norton as the poet's fictional name -- this Norton
obviously has a history of  having been "burnt" by the "fires" oof
this world.
 
East Coker : The light comes from the East -- heralded by the
crowing of a cock. This is the light that comes from Norton's cultural
heritage, from his "tradition". A little license, perhaps, in reading a
"cock" in "Coker" :)
 
Dry Salvages : Norton reviews the futility of salvaging his lot in
earthly perspectives of time -- such salvages he finds, at best, 
only "dry".
 
Little Gidding : The final answer to all his perplexities is found in
the course of certain fleeting moments of mystical revelation when
the outer sense is benumbed by a certain kind of "giddiness".
 
Well, I've been encouraged to share this flash, howsoever
capricious it might seem, by the following observation in the
article on 'A Pattern of Timeless Moments' :
 
"As one’s appreciation of the Quartets deepens, these geographical
titles come to be understood as symbols of significant stages in the
poet’s journey of spiritual self-discovery. "
 
 
 
- AIR/EARTH/WATER/FIRE, also relevant ?  [ - weren't many of these names/titles, such as 'East Coker' a 'given' to TSE and not an outcome of his artifice ?]
 
Very best wishes
 
David