Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Ancient Norton Anthology: T.S. Eliot

While I’m away teaching at the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program (application deadline February 15!), I thought I’d post some of my favorite lines of poetry that I encountered during college—

From “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

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?

Read the whole poem here.

Fun fact: I remember chatting with an English PhD student who told me that he had been reading this poem every season for the past seven years and still didn’t understand it fully; I was suitably impressed and intimidated.


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