Literary Riddle Solved

Today’s Guardian reports that the riddle of “Usk“, T. S. Eliot’s “short but baffling poem” might have been solved, now that literary detective Philip Edwards has identified the “white hart” of the poem as referring not to an animal but to a pub at Llangybi, Usk.

Am I missing something, is the Guardian misreporting something, or have literary types been strangely blinkered for the last 68 years not to have guessed that this might, in fact, have been what was going on? “The White Hart” is a rather common name for pubs (I did a lot of my underage drinking in one of them), and it’s not as if removing the capital letters makes things entirely obscure.

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