Twit twit twit
Jug jug jug jug jug jug

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius


An oblique allusion to rape. The specific words are drawn from the Ovidian story of the Rape of Philomel, after which all of the participants are turned into birds. The “jug jug” and “twit twit” sounds of sexual perversion contrast with the final “DA” of the divine thunder in Canto V.

Notice how this passage echoes the “sound of horns and motors” above—a twitting and jugging that brings Sweeney to Mrs. Porter.

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