That's the one.
She also gave a paper on it earlier this year at the
According to Frances, there's nothing especially
original about it (in fact, it's almost its lack of
originality that is interesting about it).
It was briefly discussed in the q&a session that Eliot
may be portraying himself as the parrot.
--- "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Will Gray wrote:
> > *Frances Dickey discussed an obscure Eliot sonnet
> on a
> > Manet portrait as well as the parrot references in
> > early poetry.
> On a Portrait
> Among a crowd of tenuous dreams, unknown
> To us of restless brain and weary feet,
> Forever hurrying, up and down the street,
> She stands at evening in the room alone.
> Not like a tranquil goddess carved of stone
> But evanescent, as if one should meet
> A pensive lamia in some wood-retreat,
> An immaterial fancy of one's own.
> No meditations glad or ominous
> Disturb her lips, or move the slender hands;
> Her dark eyes keep their secrets hid from us,
> Beyond the circle of our thoughts she stands.
> The parrot on the bar, a silent spy,
> Regards her with a patient curious eye.
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