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.
100. Cf. Part III, l. 204.
Twit twit twit
Jug jug jug jug jug jug
So rudely forc'd.
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:
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep sea swell
Where the hermit-thrush sings in the pines trees
Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop
But there is no water
Only a cock stood on the rooftree
Co co rico co co rico
In a flash of lightning. Then a damp gust