T.S. Eliot on Writing as an Attempt

by Florence Sunnen

“Trying to use words, and every attempt

Is a wholly new start, and a different kind of failure

Because one has only learnt to get the better of words

For the thing one no longer has to say, or the way in which

One is no longer disposed to say it.”


T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets, “East Coker”, V. (1943)