"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

Course: The Poetry of Grace V

Sacred Silence in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets with a special focus on “Little Gidding”.
JMichaelGriffith
Starts Wednesday Nov 6

This four part seminar series will explore the ways in which poetry seeks to express the inexpressible. In T.S. Eliot’s own words from “Burnt Norton” ( the first of the four quartets):

Words move, music moves
Only in time; but that which is only living
Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.

This passage raises questions about what is it that all the arts (music, poetry, the visual arts...) share in their quest to “reach into the silence”, and what is it that they are reaching for? Is T.S. Eliot’s personal quest for an ineffable mystery something that can guide our own search?

Michael Griffith is co-ordinating a conference in October 2019 at Australian Catholic University entitled Sacred Silence in Literature and the Arts. This conference will explore widely the issues that emerge in this four part seminar series.

Presenter: Associate Professor Michael Griffith PhD
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Four Wednesday mornings, 10am - 12noon, November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019
Cost: $150/person (including notes)

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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