> > If it is possible to see the correspondences "faded song" = Vivienne;
> > Royal Rose = Emily Hale; spray of lilacs = Verdenal; then the personal
> > element here adds even more to its stature.
> Well, I see the possibilties for "faded song" and "lavender spray" but
> other than coming up with another name for "Royal Rose" how do you get
> Emily Hale for the rose?
> It seems now accepted that the rose-garden scene in BN was inspired by the visit Eliot and Emily made to the garden at Burnt Norton estate during her visit to England (it was late August-early September '34 that Gordon places the visit to BN). Why it is "royal" and capitalized I'm not guessing. A similar passage occurs in _The Family Reunion_.
I'm lost. Where does the poem point to the poet's private impulses?