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Symbolic Meaning of Number Four in European Spiritual Poetry (T. S. Eliot, E. Swartz)

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2013. Vol. 2. No. 1. Pp. 49-56.
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Tatarinova L. N.
Kuban State University
149 Stavropolskaya Street, 350040, Krasnodar, Russia


The article is devoted to the four principle realization in the creative work of two poets, namely the English literature classic T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) and a representative of the Russian poetry Elena Swarz (1948-2010). Number four is a structural principle in their works composition and crucifix of Christ. On the example of the two poets the author shows that on the one hand, the symbol of four is a cosmic transversalism of being and the cross image, on the other. Thus, two contradictory meanings are combined here: harmony and drama as truly Christian forms of dialectics.


  • • E. Swarz
  • • figure four
  • • figure five
  • • time
  • • eternity
  • • symbol
  • • universality
  • • composition
  • • centre


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