Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He settled in England in 1915 and had his first poems published in 1917. Four quartets comprises Burnt Norton (1936), East Coker (1940), Dry Salvages (1941) and Little Gidding (1942).
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Four Quartets is the culminating achievement of T.S. Eliot's career as a poet. While containing some of the most musical and unforgettable passages in twentieth-century poetry, its four parts, 'Burnt Norton', 'East Coker', 'The Dry Salvages' and 'Little Gidding', present a rigorous meditation on the spiritual, philosophical and personal themes which preoccupied the author. It was the way in which a private voice was heard to speak for the concerns of an entire generation, in the midst of war and doubt, that confirmed it as an enduring masterpiece.