T.S.Eliot…Does It Have to Rhyme?



“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 flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.” T.S. Eliot

3 responses to “T.S.Eliot…Does It Have to Rhyme?

  1. Poetry is reality.
    This why it is so marginalized.
    From the ancient race memory of Ossian, slung with the stain of the servants of Lord Archon, to the tremulous description of non dual comprehension from the great Magdalena herself, words move to allegory, and allegory is the fire of Imagination.
    Thank you Mr. Elliot. With the precious gift of Othrethr, you wrote the truth.


  2. I suppose its no accident that Christopher loves TS Eliot and yes I am gaining a new found respect for the man but I still say its got to rhyme to be poetry in my book, otherwise its a vignette which is what this is.


  3. Jack,
    Most, if not all of the extant pre-christian, pre-English poetry doesn’t rhyme, but it DOES use alliteration, tempo, and verse. Old time scholars actually understood this, as with Bellows, for example.


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