Sunday, January 19, 2014

T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets performance on Radio 4

I remembered this afternoon that my friend Debra - who died suddenly almost two weeks ago - and me went to hear Stephen Dillane's performance of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets at The Donmar Warehouse in 2009 exactly 5 years ago.

I remembered it because the whole poem was broadcast this afternoon on Radio 4. This time Jeremy Irons performed the poem.

I remember that before we went in to the performance she quoted from the poem by heart this section.

"Old men ought to be explorers
Here and there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and the empty desolation,
The wave cry and the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise. In the end is my beginning."

If you have an hour and fifteen minutes then listen to it here and now.

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