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Apr. 19th, 2005 @ 11:20 pm An Inquiry. Pardon me, it may be I who am inane...
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Is this community geared toward those who feel they can ideantify with a single, beautiful poem about the inexorable downfall of the everyman, or is it geared toward those who appreciate the whole of Eliot's canon, in which there are many poems greater than Prufrock which seek to handle similar sentiment. See Portrait of a Lady for romantic hesitation/regret, and see Gerontion for our collective last gasp. Dans Le Restaurant also copes with the sbove themes, from a separated angle. I don't mean to be an ass, but I would love to ignite discourse. And perhaps try "The Love Song OF J. Alfred Prufrock," rather than "FOR J. Alfred Prufrock," unless I've unwittingly overlooked your clever homage.

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From:jen_the_crazy
Date:April 20th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)

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I don't mean to be an ass
Hey dont say that.. anyone who likes Elliot could never be an ass ;)
as to your question..im ashamed to say that i have not read the poems you mention.. but im glad you have mentioned them.. i shall take the chance to read them ;)
..if i may ask a question .. what other poets do you like??
At the moment i must say that coleridge and auden are favourites of mine :D

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From:i_am_blue15
Date:April 22nd, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)

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I agree with you in saying that there are many great poems written by T.S. Elliot, he was, after all, an amazing man. I just felt personally geared towards Prufrock myself, which is why I created this community. I felt like the poem in particular spoke to me, really touched me. Of course, it was also the first thing I've ever read by Elliot. It is quite the lovely way to be introduced to his kind of poetry, in my humble opinion. But please, discourse away, my friend, I greatly look forward to hearing from you in the future.
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From:iwritesometimes
Date:April 26th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)

Once again.

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I was also introduced to Eliot through Prufrock and I fell in love with it instantly, too. My appreciation took off when I went through The Waste Land, though, and then everything else just followed. While Prufrock is still certainly among my top ten poems, I think The Waste Land held my attention more because I didn't like it the first few times I read it. It isn't necessarily more difficult, it's just more abrasive... less immediately wonderful, I suppose. It grew on me. As did every other thing he wrote. Damn, just ridiculously good stuff. I'm kind of an Eliot geek because I pass some of my down time memorizing his stuff, and then muttering it to myself during my interminable shifts at Albertson's. It'll cure what ails you, to be sure.

I've been going back to a couple of the old standby's, like Pushkin and Service (I've had a thing for Robert Service ever since his work was read to me at bedtime... that seems weird in retrospect), but I've also been reading a bit of James Dickey (wrote The Lifeguard, I think it's called) and some Wallace Stevens. I've really come to like Stevens and I still have no idea why. I've been reading a lot of Dickey's self-interviews, too... don't know if that counts. I've been working on my own stuff a great deal as well, which, as far as I can tell, serves as a constant reminder that I'm not T S Eliot. Terrible state of affairs.

-reid
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From:iwritesometimes
Date:April 26th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)

Oh, and

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Edward Gorey. Can't live without the guy. Great stuff.