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(Poetry) Book Thoughts: Four Quartets (T S Eliot)

Ralph Fiennes reading these poems is just autumn perfection


Title: Four Quartets
Author: T S Eliot
Narrator: Ralph Fiennes
Genre: Poetry
First published: 1944
Edition: Audio book & paperback, published by Faber & Faber in 2001

Eliot’s insights into the cyclical nature of life are revealed through themes and images woven throughout the four poems. Spiritual, philosophical, and personal themes emerge through symbolic allusions and literary and religious references from both Eastern and Western thought. The work addresses the connections of the personal and historical present and past, spiritual renewal, and the very nature of experience; it is considered the poet’s clearest exposition of his Christian beliefs. 


It was an impulse that lead me to reading this slim poetry collection. It was the fact that it had an audio book read by Ralph Fiennes and that it is a sunny autumnal day today. Listening to poetry just suited my mood.

These poems are beautiful. They also make you think. About life. About the world. Maybe it gave me a small existential crisis, but nevertheless these poems read by Ralph Fiennes were just perfect for today. The poems flow very well and touch on important life questions and philosophical musings, without dwelling too long on any. It just meanders along in that perfect dreamy headspace.

I loved these and having them read to me by someone with a calm soothing voice made them all the more impactful.

7 out of 7 stars


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