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
Der heimat zu
Wo weilest du?
Part II -- It's
prefaced with an allusion to Cleopatra's ceremonial
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
Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you.
Part V -- The
Gaily, to the hand expert with sail and oar
The sea was calm, your heart would have
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