Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ recitation

Jul 06, 2018
Photo by: Tim Fuller John Farrell recites “Four Quartets” at Tucson’s Rogue Theatre.

Belfast — John Farrell, principal in Maine’s groundbreaking Figures of Speech Theatre, will recites from memory “Four Quartets,” a suite of poems often considered T.S. Eliot’s greatest, Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

The performance, part of Figures of Speech Theatre’s 2018 Maine Library Tour, is free and open to all. An informal conversation with Farrell will follow. For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10.

First undertaken in 2011, with rarely granted permission from Eliot’s estate, Farrell’s recitation of “Four Quartets” affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in 1,000 lines of poetry exploring humankind’s relationship with time and with experience itself. Eliot completed the work in 1941, as Britain slid into the abyss of World War II and he feared that civilization itself might perish in the coming years.

“Unlike encountering the poems in a book, hearing them recited out loud gives people a chance to absorb a complex and nuanced work in a very direct way,” Farrell said.

The “Four Quartets” tour is supported by the Maine Theater Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, in addition to an Arts & Humanities grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission. For more information about Freeport-based Figures of Speech Theatre, visit figures.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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