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Am 30.01.2009 um 13:51 schrieb Tom Colket:

> I've been away for a few weeks, so I hope it's not too late to  
> answer this.
>
> My main comment is that the all four of the quartets have odd  
> titles if one chooses to look at it that way, not just "The Dry  
> Salvages":
>
> a) "Burnt Norton" - A poem about a beautiful garden starts with the  
> word "burnt".
>
> b) "East Coker" - The Modernists glorified the Western canon, and  
> this poem begins with the word "East".
>
> c) "The Dry Salvages" - As you say, "focuses so eloquently,  
> beautifully and subtly on water, has a title that begins with the  
> word DRY".
>
> d) "Little Gidding" - A poem that directs out attention to God and  
> God's ultimate _big_ plans for the universe ("All shall be  
> well . . .") has a title that begins with the word "little".
>
> Was Eliot doing some kind of deliberate word-play with the titles?  
> Were the titles just names of significant places that happened to  
> be two-word names in which the first word inverts the expected  
> meaning of the following poem?
>
> Maybe.
>
> -- Tom --



What an excellent observation, dear Tom!
In spite of my ongoing effort to memorize 4Q I have never noticed the  
inherent dichotomy between the titles and the content.

Cheers,

Gunnar