I'm with Marcia Karp on this one. He said "future is a faded song" but TSE
had no future with Vivienne. My guess is he's talking about Christianity:
"Rose" is a medieval symbol of Mary (who had royal blood, ie. she had David
as an ancestor; also the color blue, her color, could be the "lavender") and
the book would either be the Bible (if that, the "never been opened" could
mean never been understood) or the 'book of life' (apocalyptic symbol of the
From: Marcia Karp [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
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Subject: Re: Milton, FQ (why OT?)
> > 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?