Little Gidding: T.S. Eliot's Journey to New Life and Love Monday, March 8 9 am -10:30 am PST $22.00
A 90 minute lecture on the influence of Beethoven, Dante, Julian of Norwich, Hindu philosophy, George Herbert and the Little Gidding community on saving the life and healing the spirit of the 20th century's greatest poet.
With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning; At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall And the children in the apple-tree Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always-- A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) And all shall be well and All manner of thing shall be well When the tongues of flames are in-folded Into the crowned knot of fire And the fire and the rose are one.
(The last movement of :Little Gidding)
You may wish to watch/listen to the video of Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 131 before class to enrich deepen your appreciation of the background of this lecture