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- S. Eliot’s later phase can be said to have begun after 1927 if we look at his poetry. Eliot’s views on literature and culture undergo a deep change after his conversion in 1927.Now Eliot lays emphasis on extra literary dimensions of literature and religion, belief, morality supplant the erstwhile purely aesthetic criterion of evaluation of literature. Ash-Wednesday and Four Quartets are the representative poems of Eliot’s later phase but they are very different from each other if analysed minutely. Ash- Wednesday is deeply pervaded with liturgical elements but Four Quatrets is remarkably free from liturgy. The former represents an extremely personalised version of Christian orthodoxy while the latter represents a universalized version of the same. In this way Eliot moves from particular to universal in his expression of religious values in poetry.
Key-Words- Later phase, Christianity, Orthodoxy, Self, Time