T.S. Eliot, Aunt Helen

This poem was addressed and is about Eliot’s aunt, Ms. Helen Slingsby. It is particularly descriptive and straightforward, unlike his other poems. His aunt Helen was a maid, an unmarried woman. After she died, there was “silence in heaven” perhaps meaning that she was not well-liked. She seemed to care for her animals, “the dogs were handsomely provided for”, but not so much for the people who served her, the servants have to be very careful “while mistress lived.”

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