A Short Analysis of T. S. Eliot’s ‘Little Gidding’

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A summary of a classic Eliot poem

‘Little Gidding’ is the last of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, but it is also his last significant poem. What’s more, there is a sense in this poem of Eliot seeking to join the threads of his work together, to ‘set a crown upon a lifetime’s effort’, as he puts it in ‘Little Gidding’ itself. But this remains a puzzlingly abstract poem in some ways, resisting any straightforward explication or analysis. There is nothing little about ‘Little Gidding’. You can read the poem here.

Whereas the first three poems that comprise Four Quartets centre on places which held personal significance for Eliot (Burnt Norton was the house he visited with Emily Hale in 1934, East Coker was the village home of his ancestors, The Dry Salvages were known to him from his youth in America), ‘Little Gidding’ is slightly different:…

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