Four Quartets Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What is meant in "Burnt Norton"'s first part by "What might have been... a world of speculation," lines 6-8?

What is meant in "Burnt Norton"'s first part by lines 6-8 is that the past is un-changeably set in stone; that one can only consider what might have been, and can do nothing to affect its happening.

2. What is meant in the lines, "But to what purpose... I do not know," in the first part of "Burnt Norton"?

What is meant in the lines, "But to what purpose... I do not know," is that there is the speaker who cannot see any good or purpose in fiddling with that which is already dead, which cannot be yet experienced in life, as rose leaves (or petals) would be in a dust-covered bowl.

3. What are the other echoes which inhabit the rose-garden in Part I of "Burnt Norton"?

The other echoes which inhabit the rose garden are the memories of the past, including the memories of paths not taken in the past; as the multitude of possibilities of how things might have been otherwise is innumerably large.

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