T.S. Eliot的詩句表面僫捌，不過, 對寫小說的人來講有敘事的啟示。記憶竟然會娶領人行向未行過的小通路，就像佮隱藏讀者講一場毋捌發生過的戀愛仝款。文字有時就是passage，是寫予特定時空的特定人讀的。讀捌的自然就知影文字後面就是路的盡尾的the rose garden , 會有回聲。 行過通路的人, 進入彼个花園。本底就袂行過的人，未來嘛袂行過，永遠袂相識。我講的是這幾紲的詩:
What might have been and what has been,
point to one end, which is always present.
Footsteps echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Toward the door we never open
Into the rose garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
-- from <Four Quatets>
It is true, 對寫小說的人來講有敘事的啟示。記憶(或時間空間)
竟然會娶領人行向未行過的小通路。This poem is interlinked meditation with the theme being human’s relationship with time, the universe, and the divine. In the same way, Tagore wrote the following words, “Give me a day and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.” This means, as long he is given enough time, he will change the empire from majestically to nonsensical. I mean most of poets have a consciousness of time.
I found Tagore and Eliot presented close consciousness of time, especially the unredeemable past time. What is time? There would be various answers from diffrent poeple with various background, especially the belief background. It would be closely related to the meanings of "what might have been" and "what has been" in your mind.