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 – “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.”


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.



More Georgia O’Keeffe Videos

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In these deleted scenes from the Lifetime movie “Georgia O’Keeffe,” Alfred Steiglitz discovers O’Keeffe’s art and is struck by it’s uniqueness. But his interest seems to distract him from his familial duties.

In this deleted scene from “Georgia O’Keeffe,” Georgia walks and talks with the handsome poet, Mr. Toomer, who shows his romantic interest in her.

In this deleted scene from “Georgia O’Keeffe,” Georgia walks and talks with the handsome poet, Mr. Toomer, who shows his romantic interest in her.

Georgia and Mr. Toomer have an intimate moment together, in this deleted scene from “Georgia O’Keeffe”.

Mr Toomer, the poet, comes to Georgia while she paints in the desert, in this deleted scene from “Georgia O’Keeffe.”

More intimate moments are had between Georgia and the handsome poet, Mr. Toomer, in this deleted scene from “Georgia O’Keeffe.”

eremy Irons, who plays Alfred Steiglitz in “Georgia O’Keeffe,” gives his insights on his character and Alfred with Georgia’s complex relationship.

Joan Allen, who stars in the title role of Georgia O’Keeffe, talks about what it was like to portray the remarkable and intriguing artist.

Tyne Daly, who plays Mabel Dodge Stern in “Georgia O’Keeffe,” discusses her colorful character as well as the friendship that forms between Mabel and Georgia. Mabel serves as a support to Georgia in hard times and teaches her skills that help broaden her horizons as an independent woman.

Ed Begley Jr., who plays Alfred Steiglitz’s brother, Lee in the Lifetime movie “Georgia O’Keeffe,” talks about the characters’ relationships.

Joan Allen, Tyne Daly and director Bob Balaban discuss the importance of New Mexico as an influence and inspiration in Georgia O’Keeffe’s life and art.

Watch this announcement for the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, N.Y., from September 17, 2009- January 17, 2010.


Georgia O’Keeffe images and video from Lifetime movie

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