It should be interesting as well to take note of the boat imagery
in TWL. There is a definite pattern to it.
Part I -- the sailor's song and its implications
(it prefaces the Hyacinth girl passage) :
Frisch weht der Wind
Der heimat zu
Mein Irisch Kind,
Part II -- It's prefaced with an allusion to Cleopatra's ceremonial barge
(The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne,
Burn'd on the water.)
and her first meeting with Antony.
Part III -- Here, The barges drift / With the turning tide
and The barges wash / Drifting logs
Elizabeth and Leicester / Boating oars...
Carried down stream
'By Richmond I raised my knees
Supine on the floor of a narrow canoe.'
Part IV -- O you who turn the wheel and look to windward,
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.
Part V --
The boat responded
Gaily, to the hand expert with sail and oar
The sea was calm, your heart would have responded
Gaily, when invited, beating obedient
To controlling hands.
There also appears to be a definite equation between the boat(s)
and the human heart with its passions of
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