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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can

go.

Uknown

 

To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.

The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism

 

In the work of every poet there will certainly be much that can only appeal to those who inhabit the same region, or speak the same language, as the poet. But nevertheless there is a meaning to the phrase «the poetry of Europe», and even to the word «poetry» the world over. I think that in poetry people of different countries and different languages – though it be apparently only through a small minority in any one country – acquire an understanding of each other which, however partial, is still essential.

“T.S. Eliot – Banquet Speech”. Nobelprize.org. 15 Nov 2012

 

…while language constitutes a barrier, poetry itself gives us a reason for trying to overcome the barrier. To enjoy poetry belonging to another language, is to enjoy an understanding of the people to whom that language belongs, an understanding we can get in no other way.

“T.S. Eliot – Banquet Speech”. Nobelprize.org. 15 Nov 2012

 

 I believe that the choice before us is between the formation of a new Christian culture, and the acceptance of a pagan one.

Christianity And Culture by T. S. Eliot

 

Words are perhaps the hardest of all material of art: for they must be used to express both visual beauty and beauty of sound, as well as communicating a grammatical statement.

Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry by T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot

 

The only kind of emotion worthy of a poet is the inspirational emotion which energises and strengthens, and which is very remote from the everyday emotion of sloppiness and sentiment….

Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry by T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot

 

The only wisdom we can hope to acquire Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.

Four Quartets (Faber Poetry) by T.S. Eliot

 

Love is most nearly itself When here and now cease to matter.

Four Quartets (Faber Poetry) by T.S. Eliot

 

human kind Cannot bear very much reality. Time past and time future What might have been and what has been Point to one end, which is always present.

Four Quartets (Faber Poetry) by T.S. Eliot

 

I grow old . . . I grow old . . .

I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.      

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

 

Do I dare

Disturb the universe?

In a minute there is time

For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

 

I will show you something different from either Your shadow at morning striding behind you

Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot

 

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.

The Waste Land by Thomas Stearns Eliot

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