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" I'entre deux guerres — Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, and a different kind of failure Because one has only learnt to get the better of words For the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which One is no... "
Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements - Page 1
edited by - 2001 - 370 pages
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Anni Mirabiles, 1921-1925: Reason in the Madness of Letters

Richard P. Blackmur - Literature, Modern - 1956 - 55 pages
...are not as well as where we are. This is from part five of Eliot's "East Coker" Quartet: So here 1 am, in the middle way, having had twenty years — Twenty years largely wasted, the years of I'entre deux guerres — Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, and...
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The Hidden God: Studies in Hemingway, Faulkner, Yeats, Eliot, and Warren

Cleanth Brooks - Literary Criticism - 1963 - 152 pages
...vision. Sweeney's creator knows that full well. Here he himself speaks to the subject in "East Coker": So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty...years — Twenty years largely wasted, the years of I'entre deux guerres — Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, and...
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Igor Stravinsky, the Rake's Progress

Paul Griffiths - 1982 - 109 pages
...had become so accustomed. He was at a crossroads and could apply to himself the lines of TS Eliot: So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years Twenty years largely wasted, the years of I'entre deux guerres Trying to learn to use new words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, and...
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Saving Civilization: Yeats, Eliot, and Auden Between the Wars

Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English Lucy McDiarmid, Lucy McDiarmid - Literary Criticism - 1984 - 144 pages
...absolute achievement. The slightly defeated tone derives from the relinquishment of greater expectations: So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years Twenty years largely wasted, the years of I'entre deux guerres Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, and a different...
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Acts of Identity: Creole-Based Approaches to Language and Ethnicity

Robert Brock Le Page, R. B. le Page, Andrée Tabouret-Keller - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1985 - 275 pages
...sees the poet as only achieving that when he no longer wants to say what it is he has managed to say : So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty...years — Twenty years largely wasted, the years of I'entre deux guerres — Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, and...
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Interactive Language Teaching

Wilga M. Rivers - Foreign Language Study - 1987 - 228 pages
...language, not necessarily an exercise in perfection. For everyone who tries to write poems it is a case of Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, a different kind of failure . . . -TS Eliot So there is no reason to feel inadequate if masterpieces...
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The Columbia Literary History of the United States

Emory Elliott - History - 1988 - 1263 pages
...might have been, and it contains some of Eliot's most personal poetry, as in the opening of Part V: So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty...years — Twenty years largely wasted, the years of Cenire deux guerres — Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, and...
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Out of Chaos: Refounding Religious Congregations

Gerald A. Arbuckle - Religion - 1988 - 201 pages
...reflects on his own life between the wars and at first considers the twenty years wasted: So here 1 am, in the middle way, having had twenty years — Twenty years largely wasted. . ."' As we look back over the last twenty years since Vatican H, we also may consider them from the...
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T. S. Eliot: The Poems

Martin Scofield, Scofield Martin - Literary Criticism - 1988 - 264 pages
...elements become even more marked in the later Quartets: in the direct autobiographical reflections ('So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty years'), the memories of childhood ('the nursery bedroom', 'the April dooryard') the fire-watching scene in...
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The Poet's Work: 29 Poets on the Origins and Practice of Their Art

Reginald Gibbons - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 305 pages
...volume he has published, and culminate in a passage in his most recent book of poems, Four Quartets: So here I am, in the middle way, having had twenty...years — Twenty years largely wasted, the years of 1'entre deux guerres — Trying to learn to use words, and every attempt Is a wholly new start, and...
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