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Kevin Pintauro September 8, 2006 Critical Judgment of Burnt Norton
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It is said that Four Quartets, by T.S. Elliot, is one of the greatest accomplishments in literature of the 20 th century. Four Quartets consists of four separate passages that represent each of the four seasons and the cycle of life. In the first quartet, Burnt Norton , Elliot describes the relationship between life and time and what they produce when together. There are many ways one can view the link between the cycles of life and time and their results as portrayed in Burnt Norton . One such way is “…all time is eternally present, All time is unredeemable.” (Sec I) Elliot is referring to past memories that are always in one’s mind as “eternally present”, but in the present the memory does not actually exist and is therefore “unredeemable”. They exist only in one’s untouchable abstract minds as memories. His own memories (moments) describe rain falling in a forest (Sec II) and the smell of a church at “smokefall”. “Only through time is time conquered.” The only way a memory
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