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As ever, fascinating and insightful.
Thanks Rickard.

Peter
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:43 PM
Subject: Re: electric heat, deep lane in East Coker


> Around this time two years ago I visited the American
> Civil War battlefield at Antietam.  There were a number
> of major engagements there, one was at the sunken lane.
> This was a road with a berm on each side.  This is
> somewhat how I pictured Eliot's deep lane, especially
> with:
>     Where you lean against a bank while a van passes,
>     And the deep lane insists on the direction
>     Into the village
>
> I decided to Google "sunken lane" (without any qualifiers)
> to see where Antietam might show up. It was #1.
>     http://www.brotherswar.com/Antietam-5.htm
>
> I was surprised at #2, Wikipedia's "Sunken lane" at
>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunken_lane
> which is a general article starting with:
>     A sunken lane (also hollow way or holloway) is a road
>     which has over time fallen significantly lower than the
>     land on either side.
>
> #3 was Google's images for "sunken lane" and #4 was for a
> WW I battle.  Perhaps TSE used "deep" in place of "sunken"
> to avoid alluding to the battle(s). ???
>
> A deep lane at East Coker can be seen at this page:
>
http://classprojects.kenyon.edu/engl/exeter/Gazetteer/eliotnewpage.html
>
> Regards,
>      Rick Parker
>
>
> Materer, Timothy J. wrote:
> > Can anyone say what Eliot might mean in East Coker by "electric heat"?
> >
> > "And the deep lane insists on the direction / Into the village, in the
electric heat / Hypnotised."
> >
> > Maybe it has to do with the etymology of the word?
> >
> > Also, a question for those who are better acquainted with the mother
tongue, is "deep lane" Eliot's original image, or is he using a common term
for a road?
> >
> >
> > Timothy Materer
> > English Department
> > Univ. of Missouri
> >