The hyacinth girl is one of the many compelling
images in The Waste Land
. It's an interesting juxtaposition
, in that the hyacinth
is typically a symbol of manhood
, on account of the mythological origins of the hyacinth
. But the question really is: who is the hyacinth girl?
I've not been able to find the answer to that one yet. I know who my personal hyacinth girl
is. I don't know who was the hyacinth girl to T. S. Eliot
IMHO, the hyacinth girl is a symbol of forlornness - note that everything about her is in the past tense: "people called me the hyacinth girl." She represents the painful memories of a past that would better be forgotten. Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.