I think maybe Rick got it. Some commentator
or other cited an occasion at which a woman
asked Eliot your exact question, and his response
was to the effect that, I meant an old white horse
ran away in the meadow. Now I'm sure Nancy can give
us many reasons why we shouldn't be put off by such
a response, but it does suggest care is due.
I believe the white horse is symbolic of the hero.
His retreating could mean the passing of something.
That he was old suggests perhaps the Old Testament,
but I wouldn't say that too loudly. Someone could find
fault with it. Just don't ignore the literal level.
With a few brush strokes (pardon the cliché), Eliot
created a really calm, soothing scene, and the effect
and affect of that feeling at that point is deliberate.
Was it Freud that said that sometimes a cigar is just
From: Rita Proffitt
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Sent: 5/17/03 8:29 AM
Subject: Journey of the Magi
Read Journey of the Magi. Am thinking of using this poem for my class
assignment. Since I was raised Catholic (and went to parochial school
were we were off every Epiphany), so am familiar with the story. Liked
the way TSE told it from one of the kings perspective.
Could anyone tell me what you think is meant by the "white horse
galloped away"? I need to paraphrase and am having difficulty with the