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Lines 100-103:

So rudely forced; yet there the nightingale
Filled all the desert with inviolable voice
And still she cried, and still the world pursues,
“Jug Jug” to dirty ears.

Eliot's Note:

100. Cf. Part III, l. 204.

Referenced Lines:

Lines 203-206:
Twit twit twit
Jug jug jug jug jug jug
So rudely forc'd.
Tereu

Context:

For the story of Philomela, see the note to line 99.

Representations of birdsong recur throughout the poem and are usually linked with images of water. Additional examples include:

Line 313:
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell
Lines 356-358:
Where the hermit-thrush sings in the pine trees
Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop
But there is no water
Lines 391-394:
Only a cock stood on the rooftree
Co co rico co co rico
In a flash of lightning. Then a damp gust
Bringing rain