(from my father’s notes on TS Eliot)
Pagan spring about to be replaced
cf. feathers in Gerontion
This a prayer
- the old securities will collapse.
No guarantee for children
on acc. of his piety.
Period between death and rebirth.
Prefiguring of passion + cross.
Agony + ecstasy for those who follow Christ.
Desire to be spared the agony + ecstasy.