The Four Stress Line as a Unit of Construction in Burnt Norton

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2014-01-15
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Halsted, Douglas
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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The purposes of this paper is to examine Eliot's use of the four stress line within the first poem of the Four Quartets. The four stress line is a basic rhytmic unit in all four of the Quartets. But it is only in "Burnt Norton" that Eliot relies almost completely upon the four stress line throughout the poem. I believe that a close analysis of Eliot's use of the four stress line is helpful in understanding "Burnt Norton" for itself and as the beginning of the Four Quartets.
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