St. Michael's Church & Coker Court in 2008; image via Wikimedia Commons user Mike Searle

T. S. Eliot made two visits to the Somerset village of East Coker, where his remains are now interred. On June 18, 1936 he wrote to his friend Polly Tandy, “By foot to the pretty village of East Coker, the only blemish of which is a memorial stained glass window, the ugliest I ever saw, Faith Hope & Love with malignant faces, Love a little higher than her villainous sisters by reason of standing on the family arms incorrectly inscribed, which has been put in only this year by an American cousin.”

Gradually, he developed a fascination with the...


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