I am wondering if my message came through from last night because in
fact we do know some ages. As I noted, the young man carbuncular is
twenty-one, as Eliot says he is. And Eliot said of Prufrock that he was in
part a man of about forty, and in part himself. At the time Eliot wrote the
poem, he was about 22-23. So by Eliot's account, Prufrock is a kind of
duality of young and middle aged.
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Subject: Re: Was his glass always half empty?
While reading Rick's post on mental outlook and physical age I
wondered about how much of Eliot's youth was spent as if he were a
much older adult. That would have some effect on the way he saw