a small village and civil
England, 4 miles (6.4 km) west ofYeovil.
The village has a population of
831 (2011 census). The
name Montacute is thought by some to derive from the Latin "Mons
Acutus", referring to the small but still quite acute Ham
dominating the village to the west.
Thomas Coryat (also Coryate) (c. 1577 – 1617) was an English traveller - often on footHis description of how the Italians shielded themselves from the sun resulted in the word "umbrella" being introduced into English
1/ Sunken Lanes
2/ TS Eliot buried here
3/ William Dampier
Eliot used East Coker’s name and environs for one of his greatest poems, part of the Four Quartets. His ashes are interred in the parish church. 3/ William Dampier born here
TS Eliot's East Coker poem talks of its sunken lanes (NPG/David ClokeA Parish pump revolt over the threat to Britain’s green fields has gone international. The village in Somerset that inspired TS Eliot to write one of his greatest poems is bidding to become a Unesco world heritage site.
Sir Andrew Motion, the former poet laureate, has joined academics and villagers in signing an application that seeks special status for East Coker, where South Somerset district council wants to build an “eco-town” of 3,700 homes on prime agricultural land.Eliot used East Coker’s name and environs for one of his greatest poems, part of the Four Quartets. His ashes are interred in the parish church.
East Coker is the second poem of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets. It was started as a way for Eliot to get back into writing poetry and was modeled after Burnt Norton. It was finished during early 1940 and printed for the Easter edition of the 1940 New English Weekly. The title refers to a small community that was directly connected to Eliot's ancestry and was home to a church that was later to house Eliot's ashes.
The poem discusses time and disorder within nature that is the result of humanity following only science and not the divine. Leaders are described as materialistic and unable to understand reality. The only way for mankind to find salvation is through pursuing the divine by looking inwards and realizing that humanity is interconnected. Only then can people understand the universe.
5 September 1651 –
March 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of
what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the
world three times. He has also been described as Australia's
first natural historian,as
well as one of the most important British explorers of the
period between Sir
Walter Raleigh and James
William Dampier was born at Hymerford House in East Coker, Somerset, in 1651
Dampier influenced several figures better known than he: