|T. S. Eliot|
The last vestiges of the traditional order, where money-dealing was condemned and faith was interwoven in the social fabric, had been destroyed by liberalism to be replaced by commoditisation and the cash relationship. The resultant emptiness, a form of Kierkegaardian despair, is clearly discernible in poems such as the Wasteland and The Hollow Men, and is always in tension with a hunger for meaning and a dormant metaphysical purpose. John Dunn on Eliot. From the early work mentored by Ezra Pound, to the Four Quartets, Eliot illuminated the idea that life is spiritually barren and meaningless without an over-arching quest, sensibility or teleology.
(From a new book by John Dunn, to be published later this year.)
© John Dunn.
First posted on www.drjohndunn.com