the use of borrowed images
Images come upon elsewhere acquire a new resonance in Eliot's context --
"Frisch weht der Wind
Der Heimat zu.
Mein Irisch Kind,
Wo weilest du?"
"Od' und leer das Meer"
-- or lend a reaffirming note -- to Eliot's notion of "death by water", for instance, as in this image from Shakespeare:
"Those are pearls that were his eyes"
-- and sometimes, as here, a host of allied images chime in --
"Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly sing his knell."