Could it be the Gulf stream?
P.
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">Terry Traynor
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Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: ending of 'Gerontion" (was Eliot's Readership)

>the phrase, "the Gulf claims," still is a puzzle.

Maybe because "the Gulf" seems to me to be a watery abyss, as in TWL's "Oed' und leer das Meer" (void and dark the sea), I read "the Gulf claims" as noun then verb, with three direct objects for the verb: the gull (both against and with the wind), the white feather in the snow, and the old man.

Terry