Peter Montgomery wrote:
Why is he meditating?
That is an interesting question and sent me back to TWL to refresh my
memory on the passage. The word he uses is "musing," not meditating,
though the words can be close synonyms. (No etymological reference to
the Muses; it comes from an unattested Old French word for face -- as in
a face that shows deep pondering or, alternately, absent-mindedness.)
Elizabeth enters the section later (as someone has pointed out), and she
had both a dead brother and a dead father as kings before her, but I
don't know whether one can consider Edward a wreck or not.
Eliot's poems do encourage (for better or worse) a lot of free