Friday, January 04, 2008

In memoriam ...

... Today in Literature notes that on this date in 1965 T.S. Eliot died. They quote some lines from "East Coker":

…You say I am repeating
Something I have said before. I shall say it again.
Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not....

1 comment:

  1. Susan B.10:27 AM

    He could have written this poem for a really erudite 12-step program. It boils down to: "The only way out is through." Or, "You've gotta fail to succeed."

    No, I love T.S. Eliot, but that is truly the gist of this poem.

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