T. S. ELIOT'S NEGATIVE WAY
by Eloise Knapp Hay (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982)
... a characteristic "void" required by Eliot for his poetic art. ...
by Frank Kermode - 2005 - Literary Criticism - 306 pages
The poet has less being than the primaeval Nothing that preceded Chaos,
which preceded Creation;
he is a quintessence of Nothing: 'I am None.'
EMBODYING THE GREAT VOID
'Lord of the Three in One: The Spread of a Cult in Southeast China'
by Kenneth Dean (Princeton University Press, 1998), p.307.
Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.
And I cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.
The inner freedom from the practical desire,
The release from action and suffering, release from the inner
And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded
By a grace of sense, a white light still and moving,
Erhebung without motion, concentration
Without elimination, both a new world
And the old made explicit, understood
In the completion of its partial ecstasy,
The resolution of its partial horror.
T.S. Eliot, 'Four Quartets'