selected poems by t.s. eliot
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“The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All of our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
And our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to God.
Where is the life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Bring us farther from God and nearer to the Dust.”
[From Choruses from ‘The Rock’ I]
I have found a new favourite poet in T.S. Eliot, and can’t wait to explore his works further. The excerpt featured is from my favourite poem in this selection and the poetry is reminiscent of it’s time, however Eliot was quite a modern thinker, and his words fit in well with the current climate.
We must all read Eliot’s work at least once in our lifetime. His poems are thoughtful and practical with a philosophy that can (and should) be applied in contemporary society.