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By Alberto Manguel

At one magical quick on your early adolescence, the web page of a bookthat string of careworn, alien ciphersshivered into which means. phrases spoke to you, gave up their secrets and techniques; at that second, entire universes opened. You grew to become, irrevocably, a reader. famous essayist Alberto Manguel strikes from this crucial second to discover the 6000-year-old dialog among phrases and that magician with no whom the booklet will be a dull item: the reader. Manguel lingers over analyzing as seduction, as uprising, as obsession, and is going directly to hint the never-before-told tale of the reader's growth from clay pill to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.

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To the left are two empty pools: one larger and rectangular; the other smaller and semicircular. From a knoll to the right, one can look out over the expansive and rolling valleys of Evesham. 7 Landscapes in English poetry, especially English Romantic 32 // Redeeming Time The entrance to the garden at Burnt Norton. poetry, often reflect elusive, spiritual, and emotional sensibilities. 8 According to Marshall McLuhan, Eliot's principle poetic innovation was that of le paysage interieur or the "psychological landscape:' That is, Eliot's "objective correlative" (a physical expression of the poet's state of mind) becomes "the places and things which utter themselves:'9 Moreover, according to Nancy Duvall Hargrove, five major "landscape clusters" representing five major psychological states can be located throughout Eliot's poetry: "The city (boredom, triviality, sterility), the country (release, fertility, rebirth), the desert (chaos, terror, emptiness), the garden (ecstasy, innocence, serenity), and the sea or river...

Lmpossible Union V. Dancing Together the third movements offers a different yet compatible interspiritual practice: Burnt Norton and the way of darkness (descend lower), East Coker and the way of stillness (be still), The Dry Salvages and the way of yogic action (fare forward), and Little Gidding and the way of purification (purify the motive). Understanding the interior structure of the poem thus embodies significant interactions between the first movements and third movements, wherein the consecutive pattern is incomplete without the simultaneous implications of the cross-consecutive pattern, and vice versa.

6 The Burnt Norton garden is approached by way of a long private road that runs over a cattle grid and leads beyond a caretaker's house. Partially covered with ivy, the manor itself is relatively unimposing. Surrounded by a brick wall, a large formal garden lies to one side of the house. A gate opens to a rose-bordered walkway leading to another bed of roses. Two sets of stone steps descend to the lower level of the garden. To the left are two empty pools: one larger and rectangular; the other smaller and semicircular.

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