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.

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