What a fine appreciation (below) of Eliot drawing on the resources of the English language! Reminds me of the the kind of criticism one finds in F. R. Leavis and Christopher Ricks.
And thanks to Nancy for the comments of Mark Doty.
This reminds me, which I recently learned from the Dictionary of British Places names, that East Coker is originally a Celtic river name, meaning "crooked" or "winding."
And of course the bonfire the rustics dance around is a "bone fire," going back to the 16th C..
The euphony of the name as Mark
points out probably _also_ was felt by those who originally (How long
ago? 16th-c maybe?) first named the roads. And each of the the words
has its own history, prior to and continuing after their linkage in this
phrase, and both words, in cliche and in powerful verse and prose, link
time and space: e.g., the deep gulf of time, etc etc etc. This poem
begins with ends and beginnings, both of which are both spacial and