it wriggles its way into the barrel, muscles a path into the great teeming mass from which it came in the first place.
AP Lit Discussion: How to Read Lit Like a Professor: Now Where Have I Seen Her Before?

This makes me think I agree with Foster, the idea that works are constantly changing shape and touching other works. Eliot’s idea is more like taking snapshots of Fosters. At any moment a new monument could be added and the web of works would look a certain way, but in the next, the eels wriggle into a different position and the web looks different.