Select the one modernist poem or text that you found spoke to you most directly. Quote the text and tell us how the text moved you.

Section V of T.S Elliot’s “Burnt Norton” is the closing of a truly miraculous perspective of the way human beings are able to create words to allow us to see things that we’re constantly trying to comprehend. The power of the word choice seizes to amaze me “Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still.”. When we are placed in a situation, such as arguments, we tend to retaliate in the heat of the moment. In this pice words play a part in the cause and effect of any circumstance, this is the nature of language in human experience. Words are trying to carry some meaning for us, they help us understand.

These words are the powerful concepts that we as human beings create ourselves, “words move, music moves.” resulting in the ideas on paper being one thing but in life, it is a powerful experience. However the idea of love, “love is itself unmoving, only the cause of the end of movement” can be seen as a strong element in the development of our words. Religious ideologies are placed in this text as a representation of love, insisting that before time there was love and now the being at the places where we are is the implications of love and it works and flows in a creative way. Words also reach into our core and as such an internal silence, this can be seen as atmospherical silences and this compliments the mood that T.S Elliot is surrounded with. 

After reading this piece more than once it has become more aware to me that is surrounding mainly by the theme of time. It’s as if people are stuck in the past and are unable to see the beauty of the present. “Quick, now, here, always– Ridiculous the waste sad time Stretching before and after.”, the finishing words of the text truly spoke to be as it was alluded to be a call to anybody reading this to give a childlike perspective of life to live in the moment without getting caught up in the rush of life and to see the world for what it really is. 


“Burnt Norton” Part V 

Norton Anthology D – Page 398-399



6 thoughts on “#7 Burnt Norton V

  1. Hi Annaliese, I really enjoyed you critical analysis of T.S. Elliot’s work this week! Through your writing you have been able to give me a true insight into your perspective on his writing, and what it means to you. Your direct reference to various parts of his work also allowed me to reflect further than I have before on the meaning behind his words. Thank you!

    Just be wary of small spelling errors (be instead of me), but otherwise keep up the amazing work!


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  2. Hi Annaliese I liked reading your analysis of T.S. Elliot’s writing that. You appear to have a solid grasp on the ideas he presents in his literature especially on the importance of words in our lives and how words can be influenced from external sources. By referencing direct quotes from the text I can easily follow the themes behind your writing.

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

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  3. A lovely entry A. But there are some odd formulations!
    *The power of the word choice seizes to amaze me= seizes or ceases??? not sure what you are trying to say???
    *In this pice words play a part= pice?????? please use a spell check…..

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