T.S. Eliot's "Burnt Norton" is named for a ruined country house in Gloucestershire. The first quartet is the most explicitly concerned with time as an abstract principle. Eliot combines a hypothesis on time—that the past and the future are always contained in the present. It describes a garden that is a reference to the Garden of Eden: a place of unattainable peace that is normally forbidden to humans but exists in literature as a standard to which everyday existence must be unfavorably compared. This video follows Lana Del Ray's Burnt Norton Interlude and uses a central floral figure against changing environments as an allusion to the time theory and the Garden of Eden.
Programs used: Premiere Pro
Burnt Norton Interlude
(No. 1 of 'Four Quartets')
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
Back to Top