As ever, fascinating and insightful.
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From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:43 PM
Subject: Re: electric heat, deep lane in East Coker
> Around this time two years ago I visited the American
> Civil War battlefield at Antietam. There were a number
> of major engagements there, one was at the sunken lane.
> This was a road with a berm on each side. This is
> somewhat how I pictured Eliot's deep lane, especially
> Where you lean against a bank while a van passes,
> And the deep lane insists on the direction
> Into the village
> I decided to Google "sunken lane" (without any qualifiers)
> to see where Antietam might show up. It was #1.
> I was surprised at #2, Wikipedia's "Sunken lane" at
> which is a general article starting with:
> A sunken lane (also hollow way or holloway) is a road
> which has over time fallen significantly lower than the
> land on either side.
> #3 was Google's images for "sunken lane" and #4 was for a
> WW I battle. Perhaps TSE used "deep" in place of "sunken"
> to avoid alluding to the battle(s). ???
> A deep lane at East Coker can be seen at this page:
> Rick Parker
> Materer, Timothy J. wrote:
> > Can anyone say what Eliot might mean in East Coker by "electric heat"?
> > "And the deep lane insists on the direction / Into the village, in the
electric heat / Hypnotised."
> > Maybe it has to do with the etymology of the word?
> > Also, a question for those who are better acquainted with the mother
tongue, is "deep lane" Eliot's original image, or is he using a common term
for a road?
> > Timothy Materer
> > English Department
> > Univ. of Missouri