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Author QuotedT.S. Eliot
Title QuotedFour Quartets
Date (Year/Month/Day)1950/02/23
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1943
QuotationI came out of choir yesterday morning after the distribution of the ashes and put on our shoes and socks in the cloister and walked off to work with a keen desire to read some very obscure, very disciplined poetry-something like William Empson. Of course I was much too busy. But this unexpected hunger still strikes me as having been clean and even somehow appropriate to Lent. Only at the end of work did I get a minute, and I came away from the archives with Four Quartets and read the magnificent opening to "Little Gidding" which, though not obscure, exactly suited my mood.
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 411
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