the unspeakable torment of vacated souls

…but Eliot was to draw on Bergson’s challenge to the technological artifice of clock-time which enforces the present and ignores the cumulative incursions of the past. Duration, the lived experience of Time, is subjective and continuous, not measured out in ticks and tocks. (To experience the even monotony of measured time— the ‘petty pace’ of Macbeth’s tomorrow’s— is the unspeakable torment of vacated souls.)

The Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot by Lyndall Gordon.

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