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Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:16 PM

Did you have to read The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock in school?

We had to read it in freshman English in college.

For 4 yrs you could crack up a group by intoning 'In the room the women come and go talking of Michaelangelo.'

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Reply Did you have to read The Lovesong of J Alfred Prufrock in school? (Original post)
bobbieinok Apr 2019 OP
mbusby Apr 2019 #1
bobbieinok Apr 2019 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2019 #2
yellowdogintexas Apr 2019 #6
elleng Apr 2019 #4
MyOwnPeace Apr 2019 #5
nolabear Apr 2019 #7
Polly Hennessey Apr 2019 #8
bobbieinok Apr 2019 #15
PoindexterOglethorpe Apr 2019 #9
ailsagirl Apr 2019 #10
zanana1 Apr 2019 #11
Paladin Apr 2019 #12
Phentex Apr 2019 #13
Name removed Apr 2019 #14
Wounded Bear Apr 2019 #16

Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:18 PM

1. It's....

....J. Alfred Prufrock.


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Response to mbusby (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:27 PM

3. Will change

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:20 PM

2. Yes, though I don't remember specifically when.

The part I remember is:

"I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas."

It's a pretty weird poem, but in those days we were stoned a lot so we really appreciated its weirdness.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:02 PM

6. "This is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:51 PM

4. Not until I studied poetry in college.

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 10:53 PM

5. Somewhere - sometime.........

I must have read it - I do remember the title.

Obviously made some kind of impression, huh?

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:13 PM

7. I didn't have to, but I did.

Its a wonderful poem.

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:20 PM

8. I love the line,

I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker....

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 10:17 AM

15. That reminds me of Falstaff's line 'We have heard the chimes at midnight.'

Don't remember what play that line is in.

Even as a young college senior I found that a haunting line, an old man looking back on his youth.

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 12:24 AM

9. I read it in college.

I had something of a "meh" reaction to it.

I think it personifies how things change, how in a different time things are appreciated differently, understood differently, and what was once thought of as profound is now, Meh.

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 01:23 AM

10. I have

Eliot was always hailed as a tremendous writer, though I had a little difficulty in warming up to him because I found his imagery peculiar (The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes...)

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 07:42 AM

11. It's one of my favorite poems. nt

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 08:57 AM

12. I still regard it as a great poem, 50 years later. (nt)

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 09:03 AM

13. Yes and it pays off during Jeopardy...

as it comes up from time to time.

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Response to bobbieinok (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 10:28 AM

16. "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each...

I do not think that they will sing to me."

Yeah, I remember that.

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