My cousin […] took me out on a sled,
And I was frightened. He said, Marie,
Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.
In the mountains, there you feel free.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.
T.S. Eliot: The Wasteland, The Burial of the Dead
To the Prologue:
Samuel Taylor Coleridge published "Kubla Khan" with a prologue. He obviously wanted it to accompany the poem. In fact, a close reading of both prologue and poem will reveal a close fit between them; eg. the arrival of the man from Porlock and Coleridge's attendant loss of the dreamed poem is echoed in the abrupt transition to "A damsel with a dulcimer…."
T.S. Eliot published "The Wasteland" accompanied by a set of explanatory notes that he later regretted.
"Pentimento" is its prologue, its poem and, without regret, its notes.
And I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will flow into the mystic.
Van Morrison, Into The Mystic