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Four Quartets

A recitation from memory of T.S. Eliot's masterwork

June 7, 2018 | 5:30pm | Farmington Public Library

An unquestioned masterpiece of 20th-century literature, T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets is a complex, deeply moving meditation on time, memory, and human striving toward the divine.

Reception at 5PM
Performance at 5:30

Join the Maine Humanities Council and the Farmington Public Library for a performance of Four Quartets, a suite of poems often considered T.S. Eliot’s greatest, by John Farrell of Figures of Speech Theatre.

An unquestioned masterpiece of 20th-century literature, T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets is a complex, deeply moving meditation on time, memory, and human striving toward the divine.

Eliot completed Four Quartets in 1941, as Britain slid into the abyss of World War II, and he feared that civilization itself might perish in the coming years. Writing at the height of his artistic powers, Eliot packed into the four long poems a summation of his views on poetry and art, on mystical experience, and on humankind’s relationship to history and time.

In 2011, with rarely granted permission of the Eliot Estate, John Farrell committed to memory the one-thousand lines of Eliot’s masterpiece and prepared them for performance. John’s recitation of Four Quartets affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in these powerful lines of poetry and renew their understanding of one the 20th century’s most exceptional poets.

 

This performance is generously supported by the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, in addition to an Arts & Humanities grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission.