From: Temur Kobakhidze
It seems all of TSE's bridges ARE, in fact, one bridge. All of them in
some way or another allude to Dante, or to Shakespeare's MERCHANT, i.e. both
to Italy and England at a time. Is that a bridge between the cultures in a
broader sense?Consider Rialto in Burbank with a Baedeker. And Venice is
perhaps an earlier version of the Unreal City, later to be substituted
by London. Ponte di Rialto = Ponte dei Sospiri = London Bridge, right?
Makes seseto me.
In TWL London Bridge acts as a spatial element crossing the river as a
temporal element. There can be little doubt that it is a bridge of sighs.
Itis curious that there is so little bridge IMAGERY/SYMBOLISM
in Eliot's work.