Exploring The Waste Land
A commentary page linked from The Waste Land, Part III, line 189

Part III
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with these elements of the Grail myth: the Fisher King, the Grail Castle and the river passing by.

Jesse L. Weston wrote:

We may also note the fact that the Grail castle is always situated in the close vicinity of water, either on or near the sea, or on the banks of an important river. In two cases the final home of the Grail is in a monastery situated upon an island. The presence of water, either sea, or river, is an important feature in the Adonis cult, the effigy of the dead god being, not buried in the earth, but thrown into the water.

From Ritual to Romance p. 48.

Exploring The Waste Land
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