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T.S. Eliot isn't for everyone, and I suspect he'd be proud of that. Much of 'Four Quartets', however brilliant, is also mired in the sort of intellectual bombast that critics celebrate for its seriousness and technical finesse.
Praise must be given here to Ralph Fiennes, whose delivery does much to revivify the more arid areas of the text. With an almost hypnotic smoothness, he elevates poetic posturing to a point where the listener can't help but be immersed in the shifting landscape. As
'garlic and sapphires in the mud
clot the bedded axletree'
of Eliot's often precise, often deliberate convolutions, Fiennes delivery is as haunting as it is 'fructifying'.
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