[ilds] RG Justine - Jamais de la vie

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 08:40:26 PDT 2007


That's an attentive reading!  I've been thinking about the Four Quartets &
Alexandria Quartet connections for a  while now.  If we were to turn to the
opening of Clea, we'd find Alexandria is also the burning rose that closes
Little Gidding, the "one" that Eliot spent so many years (spending &
squandering) to gain.  Given Durrell's anecdote about giving Eliot the title
for the Four Quartets, I've been wondering for quite some time just how much
LD intended the AQ to be a response to TSE's 4Qs...

More to follow as I unpack!


On 4/27/07 4:13 AM, "Michael Haag" <michaelhaag at btinternet.com> wrote:

> '...clinging to the minds of old men like traces of perfume upon a
> sleeve: Alexandria, the capital of Memory' -- Durrell, Justine (AQ p152
> 1962 Faber single volume edition).
> 'Ash on an old man's sleeve
> Is all the ash the burnt roses leave.
> Dust in the air suspended
> Marks the place where a story ended.
> Dust inbreathed was a house --
> The wall, the wainscot and the mouse.
> The death of hope and despair,
>    This is the death of air.'
> -- Eliot, Little Gidding, II, in Four Quartets.
> :Michael
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James Gifford
Department of English
University of Victoria
Victoria, B.C., Canada

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