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TS Eliot, The Four Quartets: Dr Gary Day"

"Eliot’s Four Quartets are justly regarded as the supreme achievement of his poetic career. In them, the key question of his earlier career, how to find meaning and significance in what he considered to be a cultural waste land, is finally answered. Whether it is answered in a satisfactory manner is another matter. But there can be no doubt about the magnificent artistry of these poems nor their profound meditations on time and spirituality. These will be the focus of this week course but we will also be referring to the traditions that Eliot drew on and the importance of seeing the Four Quartets in the context of the Second World War."

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan."