The hyacinth girl
Eliot's sex life. Do we really want to go there? It is a sad and desolate place. Eliot was twenty-six and, almost certainly, a frustrated virgin when, in , he married Vivienne Haigh-Wood, an Englishwoman he had known for three months. Haigh-Wood was a medically and emotionally vexed person. Her troubles included irregular and frequent menstruation, migraines, neuralgia, panic attacks, and, eventually, addiction to her medication, particularly to ether. She was pretty, ambitious, and on her better days vivacious. Eliot was handsome, ambitious, and the opposite of vivacious. Obviously he married in order to be stimulated. I think she will soon be tired of him.
Given how I later encountered Modernism in Mid th Century American schools, I have been surprised at how simple, how commonplace, were the materials they used for their fresh imagery.
Eliot is often regarded as one of the most well known pieces of poetry written in the wake of World War I, focusing intently on the failure of love and relationships in the post-war world. This is the fundamental theme, the blood, so to speak, of this poem, and it flows through each of the fragmented sections sometimes blatantly, and others subtler. This could be a possible connection between Tristan und Isolde and the one-sided romance of the Hyacinth Girl and our narrator, but since we are not given concrete proof or an explanation as to why he is the way he is by Eilot himself, this connection is highly unlikely. Because the following lines after her speaking piece are not within quotation marks, the reader can assume he is thinking to himself, and not voicing these lines aloud to the Hyacinth Girl, whom at this point might be waiting for his response to her attempt at creating conversation. The footnote attached to the end of the word says that the word hyacinth is the name for a young male lover of Apollo, who was fatally wounded throwing a discus with him. Hyacinths, both the myth and the flowers, symbolize a failed love, which is the most prevalent theme in this poem. That even love itself, the strongest and most formidable force of all, has no place in the wake of World War I. Eliot, T. New Haven: Yale UP, Greenblatt, Stephen, M.
All I have is questions and no answers. First, a speaker who remembers a moment in the past when the person she is addressing gave her hyacinths. What is the significance of that title? Then in the next lines it is unclear if the speaker has changed. If the speaker is the same; perhaps she has shifted to an interior monologue instead of direct address? The image of the girl or is it the giver of the hyacinths? In an indeterminate state, neither living nor dead. Is it some sort of mystical experience? Or has the speaker become paralyzed because the possibility of intimacy is too frightening? In this scene Tristan lies on his deathbed, waiting for Isolde to appear.
Hyacinth is also the name of the Greek Hero Hyakinthos, who happens to be a lover of Apollo. The plant hyacinth hyacinthus orientalis and the story of Hyakinthos are not related at all as it as commonly mistaken to be. The story of Hyakinthos is a tragic one. Hyakinthos was a Spartan Prince. One day Apollo was teaching Hyakinthos how to throw the discus Death of Hyakinthos. Angry and heart- broken, Apollo grieved for his lover 's death. It is unsure whether Eliot meant the flower Hyacinth or the flower Larkspur.
However, knowing that Eliot has incorporated many allusion to Greek Mythology it seems more likely that it is the plant Larkspur that he is referring to. The story of Hyakinthos and Apollo is about homosexual love. Perhaps death. Larkspur flower. The quotations indicate that the narrator is being spoken to.
It seems like he is remembering something the had happened to him in the past. The act of giving flower s and spending time in gardens symbolizes innocent first love. This is that kind of memory that everyone wants to keep and bring with them to the grave.
At the same time, it is always this kind of memory that leads one to a blank state of mind when we recall them. The moment is gone but at least you have it inside your head, but you will die and so will those happy memories. In the nothing really ever happened , the moment is forever lost.
Forgotten and erased. Only silence is left, silence and nothing else. The cruelty is that you could not even be aware of it. Sign In Don't have an account?
Start a Wiki. One day Apollo was teaching Hyakinthos how to throw the discus Death of Hyakinthos and for some reason his throw was so powerful that the discus hit Hyakinthos on the head and killed him. The most well-known one is of Zephur, god of W w ind, who because of jealously ha d jinxed the discus.
Larkspur flower Hyacinthus orientalis th will sooth e them and free them from suffering. However, the context of homosexuality is rather illusive given the setting in lines Categories :. Cancel Save.