Thank you Sue, ainsel , Silvershoes
A poem that requires the author's explanations is rarely a good one ( despite Mr Eliot ! )
The basis--briefly-- is Vico as adapted by Joyce -- the cycle of history and the cycle of life : Theocratic , Autocratic , Democratic , Chaotic ; birth marriage burial *ricorso *. Hence harry me, marry me, bury me, bind me
I personally added the seasons and their colours, and the musical element as Joyce was very musical himself.
There are obscure references also to Dylan Thomas -- The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
, and A refusal to mourn the death by fire of a child in London.
The *verses* that accompanied these choric stanzas were very pretentious indeed. But at that time of my life, oh so significant