Eliot's Rose Garden: Some phenomenology and theology in "Burnt Norton"
Hart, Kevin. (2015) Eliot's Rose Garden: Some phenomenology and theology in "Burnt Norton". Christianity and Literature. 64(3), pp. 243 - 265. https://doi.org/10.1177/0148333115577900
T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets respond to and gradually modify the experience that is evoked in the first part of “Burnt Norton”. Yet the well-known rose garden scene has been variously interpreted, the “presences” being either naturalized or regarded as supernatural entities. A phenomenological reading of the rose garden scene gives us a more secure, and also a more nuanced, understanding of what happens in the rose garden, and therefore allows us to develop a fuller and more reliable reading of Four Quartets.
|Keywords||Burnt Norton; Four Quartets; mystical experience; phenomenology; reduction; T. S. Eliot|
|Journal||Christianity and Literature|
|Journal citation||64 (3), pp. 243 - 265|
|Publisher||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1177/0148333115577900|
|Page range||243 - 265|
|Research Group||Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry|
|Place of publication||United Kingdom|
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