The rather quite momentous "silence" in the hyacinth passage that reverberates ominously in the line that follows from Wagner, "Od' und leer das Meer" (desolate and empty the sea).
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Thanks,
 CR
 

--- On Thu, 7/7/11, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
It was to America, then, that Eliot owed his overwhelming sense of the silence/void that never left him. It is the subject of the 1910-poem titled 'Silence', it's there in 'Aunt Helen' and elsewhere. It would account for "the silence" -- "Looking into the heart of light, the silence" -- in the hyacinth passage of TWL.
 
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--- On Thu, 7/7/11, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
Today's quotation at Dictionary.com
 
In America the silence was more oppressive than the ignorance; but perhaps elsewhere the world might still hide some haunt of futilitarian silence where content reigned -- although long search had not revealed it -- and so the pilgrimage began anew!

-- Henry Adams, The education of Henry Adams
 
CR