The Chair she ...

Cf. Antony and Cleopatra, II, ii, l.190. [Eliot's note] "The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne,/Burn'd on the water." In the opening lines of this passage Eliot makes a lot of references to Shakespeare's play, particularly the following famous scene in which Enobarbus describes with what kind of extravaganza Cleopatra first received Antony. Eliot has mixed imagery from Shakespeare's play with Dido's description in Virgil's Aeneid (see below).

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Antony and Cleopatra II.ii.187-255
"Burbank with a Baedeker"
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