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    T. S. Eliots Four Quartets

    I have read the following verses:

    And what the dead had no speech for, when living
    They can tell you, being dead: the communication
    Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond with the language of the living.

    Could anyone let me know what the meaning of the last sentence (i.e. the communication Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond with the language of the living.) is?
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    Re: T. S. Eliots Four Quartets

    A straightforward interpretation would be "the dead speak more truly and emphatically than the living." But one thing I remember vividly from my university days is that my professors always disagreed with me about the meaning of Eliot's poetry.

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    Re: T. S. Eliots Four Quartets

    The dead can say the things that the living don't say.

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    Re: T. S. Eliots Four Quartets

    Mb cause dead have nothing to lose thay are intended to tall the truth?

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