While all poetry partakes to some degree in both visual and aural dimensions, Eliot’s Four Quartets examines this relationship in a particularly deliberate way, continuing a philosophical conversation between Schopenhauer, Wagner and Symons. This dialogue is connected with a Romantic concern with painting and music, reflecting contemporary ideas of the beautiful and the sublime and the growing association of the sublime with music. Despite extensive consideration of the role of music in Four Quartets, Eliot's poem has not been read in the light of this nineteenth-century inquiry into the relation between music and the arts. In particular, the Schopenhauerian influence on Eliot’s aesthetics explains the association in his poem between music and a metaphysical reality that lies beyond appearance.
|Title of host publication||The Edinburgh Companion to T. S. Eliot and the Arts|
|Editors||Frances Dickey, John Morgernstern|
|Place of Publication||Edinburgh|
|Publisher||Edinburgh University Press|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jun 2016|
|Name||Edinburgh Companions to Literature|