David, thanks a lot. Your brief comments also helped me recall points about
the poem I had forgotten completely in the 50 years or so since I read any
commentary on the poems. Even the obvious points about the importance of the
4 elements had slipped my mind!
One query. It has been 55 years since I read Sir Thomas Elyot's _The
Governor_, and I also don't remember whether _that_ Eliot was of the same
family as the Eliot forbears recalled in East Coker. Does Eliot mean a
reference to The Governor?