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July 27, 2011


Megan Willome

Thanks so much for reminding me of this poem that I have not read since college. Seeing "Midnight in Paris" is getting me to read all sorts of things I've missed or forgotten, most recently, Gertrude Stein's "The Autobiography of Alice Toklas."

Maureen E. Doallas

Excellent post, Glynn.

It's a mark of genius that such a poem was written at so young an age.

I saw "Midnight in Paris" several weeks ago. It's one of the most charming and delightful of Allen's movies, and the actors selected just made those roles. My husband and I later talked quite a bit about it. Part of why it's so engaging is the recognition of all the literary, art, and other references. One of the scenes with the character Dali yammering on and Gil Pender's response makes me laugh every time I think of it.

Jeanne Damoff

"I still have the paperback edition of Four Quartets published for 95 cents in 1968; underlined in many places with margin notes in my own handwriting."

You and our son Luke are kindred. He has memorized most of the Four Quartets and used to carry his well-marked copy everywhere, until somewhere along life's path, he lost it and has never been able to track it down. For him, the loss was almost like the death of a friend. Not that he can't easily get another copy, but all the notes -- the versions of himself he met in those pages -- are now gone.

Thanks for an excellent post, Glynn. I always appreciate your thorough research and insights. And now I need to see "Midnight in Paris" and no doubt add to my long list of must-reads.

Cheryl Smith

Thanks for the lesson, the words and the video. I'm learning much from you!


I have yet to see this movie, but it sounds enjoyable.

Eliot is one tough cookie, and I have begun to read him only in the past couple of years, so I appreciate this post.


it is a wonder how one is suddenly connected to everything when connected with God.
to see with one's heart that there is given the gift of ultimate connection, anywhere, anytime, anything. though we don't always feel it or see it, look for it, or step out toward it.

not all may be connected with me, but, in Christ, in God, i am connected with all.

good poetry.
good post.

Marilyn Yocum

Enjoyed this post, the historical background and even the reminder about the character in Woody Allen's movie! Thank you for the brain food today. I'm sure I will be digging out some Eliot and rewatching the movie.

Mike Dodaro

Nice post, Glynn. Like you, I studied this poem more than forty years ago. It never goes away, and it always moves me when it comes back around.

Mama Zen

Marvelous post. Eliot was the first poet that I loved.

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