Please join us for a four-week seminar series as Judson Scruton takes us though T.S. Eliot's poem Four Quartets including a tie-in to this year's Wilton Reads book Vigil Harbor in week three.
Time present and time past
are both present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
—opening of “Burnt Norton”
As the world whirled into the destruction of World War II, Eliot wrote a profound meditation on civilization drawing on his own experiences and his earlier poetic explorations of Western and Eastern religious and philosophical thought.
While three of the four quartets are set in England, the third quartet, "The Dry Salvages,” is set in America off the coast just north of Boston, where Eliot sailed as a teenager. The Wilton Reads book this year, Vigil Harbor by Julia Glass, is set in a fictional seaside town just north of Boston. When we study “The Dry Salvages" we will draw comparisons to the uses of these two locals in the poem and novel.
- April 6 Burnt Norton
- April 13 East Coker
- April 20 The Dry Salvages
- April 27 Little Gidding
registration is required. Register online or call 203-762-6334. There
is no charge for this program. By registering for the first session you
will automatically be registered for all four sessions. This lecture
series is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in
Memory of Amy Quigley. Please email Andrea Sato with any questions at
Judson Scruton M.A
(The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in
poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and
universities. In his career as an educator Judson has also directed
publications, communications, public relations, and development at a
variety of educational institutions in the U.S. and U.K. including the
Newberry Library in Chicago.