Saturday, June 02, 2007

T.S. Eliot 'The Family Reunion'

Eliot wrote several 'verse plays'. Whilst 'The Family Reunion' was initially considered a failure in the theatre it is considered to be his best play and to contain his best poetry. A modern 'Christian' re-telling of Orestia by Aeschylus. The play works in two planes, the trivial and the mystical and the main characters moving between.

This short quote is from Dr Warburton, the family doctor. I'm quite enjoying reading this play:

"I used to dream of making some great discovery
To do away with one disease or another.
Now I've had forty years' experience
I've left of thinking of the laboratory.
We're all of us ill in one way or another:
We call it health when we find no sympton
Of illness. Health is a relative term."