Along the empty alley,

from T.S. Eliot (Ft. T S Eliot Society (UK)) – Four Quartets on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Along the empty alley”

This series of phrases, while often read as abstract and some manner of metaphysical musing can also be considered as a quite contemplative description of the emotions, thoughts, and impressions that accompany and remain with a location. We know Eliot and Emily Hale while walking in the country side on a Sunday afternoon in 1936 stumbled across Burnt Norton, which had fallen into a terrible state of disrepair. However, the wild growths of untrimmed flowers and shrubbery seem to serve as better poetical material objects for Eliot’s sensibility. Having been to Burnt Norton twice I can indeed say there is a sense of place and profundity there that Eliot’s poem understands and transmits.I’m not sure how exactly Eliot manages this, but perhaps thats the beauty of having a personal connection with a poem or a setting: I don’t have to know exactly how to know for certain it is.

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