Monday, June 29, 2009

A Dose of Culture: T.S. Eliot

"And indeed there will be time
To wonder, 'Do I dare?' and, 'Do I dare?'
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair—
[They will say: 'How his hair is growing thin!']
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin—
[They will say: 'But how his arms and legs are thin!']
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

"For I have known them all already, known them all:—
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?"

--"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

3 comments:

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

This was one of the few Eliot works I actually enjoyed, because he encapsulates so perfectly that distinctly uncomfortable feeling I get when I'm in a room with people I don't know who are talking about things I'm not familiar with ("speaking of Michelangelo.")

The Wasteland, on the other hand, can suck it.

Homero said...

"The Wasteland" in a nutshell:

I'm smarter than you
are
and to prove it
I'll write in
Latin phrases

glug glug glug glug glug..."

Lindsay-with-an-A said...

Is it wrong that I've thought about writing my OWN pompous, reference-filled poem just to prove that all it takes is a good encyclopedia? I think about two literary references per line of poetry should do it...

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