Well, in the midst of all your earthly strife, if your gaze is turned upwards, that's a prayer too. An awareness of what you are, and of what you are not, is a veritable basis of prayer.
"Branches of wistaria
Circumscribe a golden grin"
"The nightingales are singing near
The Convent of the Sacred Heart ..."
Poetry, if you like, is the ground of Eliot's beseeching.
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2013 T.S. Eliot Memorial Lecture
“T. S. Eliot, Poetry, and Prayer”
By Jahan Ramazani