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Four Quartets 1: Burnt Norton

T.S. Eliot

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Added by: Mark
In the first section the word lotos is used, the Greek word for lotus. In eastern cosmologies, the lotus is associated with eternity. Vishnu and Buddha are often seen holding a lotus flower. Appropriate enough for a poem much about the phases and ambiguities of time.

Dry the pool, dry concrete, brown edged,
And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light
Burnt Norton
Added by: Fred Richardson
A wonderful poem which brings closer to me, as a physicist, the human nature of the 'uncertanty principle' and elements of quantum mechanics, as it deals majestically with the vaguaries of time.
For a light Australian lampoon though I refer the reader to Graham Jenkin's poem:
Burnt Norton [or John Trelawney's Ride]. Rich pickings!

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