Shortly before the third and most controversial Quartet was published, Eliot sent a draft-copy of the work to a few of his friends and invited them to read and to study it. One of these friends, Geoffrey Faber, after he had read carefully through the poem, asked Eliot what precise meaning was intended in the poem’s final section by the use of the theological term ‘Incarnation’. The word occurs at the climax of a paragraph also noteworthy for the fine evocation by the poet of certain small experiences of illumination.
KeywordsManifest Surface Wild Strawberry Sensory Illumination Wild Thyme Mystical State
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