Jeremy Irons Reads ‘Four Quartets’ at 92Y

Jeremy Irons was at the 92nd Street Y, in New York City, on Thursday 12 April 2018, to read T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’.

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Text via 92Y.org – “Seventy-five years after the publication of “Four Quartets” — and nearly seventy years since T. S. Eliot himself read from the poem in his Poetry Center debut — Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons returns to 92Y’s stage to present the masterwork in its entirety. This special event coincides with the awarding of the inaugural Four Quartets Prize, presented by the T. S. Eliot Foundation in association with the Poetry Society of America, as well as the CD release of Irons reading all of Eliot’s poems.

Guests in attendance included Sinead Cusack, Glenn Close, Laurence Fishburne, Melissa Errico, Griffin Dunne, Tyne Daly, producer Ed Pressman and his wife Annie, actor Josh Hamilton and his wife playwright Lily Thorne, and Alice Quinn – Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America.

Before he read the ‘Four Quartets’, Jeremy offered some background information on T.S. Eliot and on the themes and locations mentioned in the poems. He also offered some words of wisdom when it comes to listening to poetry and also reading poetry.

Jeremy said he often tells audiences before he reads the poems: “Don’t get worried about the specifics…about the little moments…about the classical allegories or analogies or whatever that he [the poet] pops in. That meant something to him, but if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it isn’t important. Just listen, let it wash over you. Don’t be too specific or pedantic in the way you listen. And maybe something will be transmitted over and above the poem.”

Jeremy mentioned that T.S. Eliot wrote: “A recording of a poem read by its author is no more definitive an interpretation than a recording of a symphony conducted by the composer. A poem, if it’s of any depth and complexity, will have meanings in it concealed from the author. And should be capable of being read in many ways and with a variety of emotional emphases. A good poem, indeed, is one which even the most inexpert reading cannot wholly ruin and which even the most accomplished reading cannot exhaust. Another reader reciting the poem needn’t feel bound to reproduce these rhythms. If he studied the author’s version, he can assure himself he’s departing from it deliberately and not from ignorance.”

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On Friday 13 April 2018, at The National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York City, Jeremy was on hand to present the inaugural Four Quartets Prize to poet Danez Smith. Read more about that event from LitHub.

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Jeremy Irons Photographed by Alcibiade de Paros

French photographer Alcibiade de Paros photographed Jeremy Irons backstage at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London, on Sunday 11 February 2018.

Visit his website – https://www.alcibiade-portrait.com/

Follow Alcibiade on Instagram @alcibiadeparis and on Twitter @alcibiadeparis

Thank you to Alcibiade for the use of these images. Thank you to Katy Riddell, Laura Flowers, Wyndham’s Theatre and, of course, Jeremy Irons, for making this photoshoot happen.

Please, be respectful of the photographer.  Do not appropriate these images to other websites without full credit.  Do not crop or alter the images in any way.

Images are available for purchase.  Contact Alcibiade HERE.

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Jeremy Irons on BBC Look North

Jeremy Irons – and Smudge – were on BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) on Monday 2 October 2017, as part of a segment on the Contains Strong Language festival in Hull.

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Jeremy Irons at Hull 2017: Contains Strong Language

Live from Hull, Jeremy Irons and Julie Hesmondhalgh perform poetry inspired by the city and its poets. Presenter Lindsey Chapman leads the poetic journey through the city. Part of Contains Strong Language, the BBC’s season of Poetry and Performance from Hull.

Directed by Charlotte Riches
Produced by Susan Roberts

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Jeremy Irons in Vanity Fair – October 2017

Jeremy Irons is featured in the October 2017 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, in an article by David Kamp, with photos by Simon Upton.

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Jeremy Irons at the Ballydehob Old Boats Gathering

Jeremy Irons, Smudge and a friend sailed on Willing Lass, to attend the Ballydehob Old Boats Gathering on Saturday 19 August 2017.

Thank you to the Fastnet Trails, Ballydehob, Aughadown and Schull Facebook page for the photos and video.

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Jeremy Irons at the Sli Eile Summer Festival 2017

Jeremy Irons and Smudge attended the 2017 Sli Eile Summer Festival, on Sunday 30 July.

Smudge was one of the winners in the small dog category at the Slí Eile Summer Festival Dog Show.

Thank you to Marie Lou O’Donnell for some of the photos. Follow her on Instagram @marielouodonnell

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