Abstract

No one is quite sure what happened to T. S. Eliot in that rose garden. What we do know is that it formed the basis for Four Quartets, arguably the greatest English poem written in the twentieth century. Luckily it turns out that Martin Heidegger, when not pondering the meaning of being, spent a great deal of time thinking and writing about the kind of event that Eliot experienced. This essay explores how Heidegger developed the concept of Ereignis (“event”) which, in the context of Eliot’s poetry, helps us understand an encounter with the “heart of light” a little better.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 350-367
Launched on MUSE
2015-02-19
Open Access
No
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