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I am working on an exegesis regarding what Elliot is referring to in the
last line of the first stanza of J. Alfred Prufrock when we are told,
Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"
Let us go and make our visit.
Also, why all the imperative declension. What is the effect of not
saying "what it is" emphatically -- surely not to keep us guessing.
Matthew J. Tanner
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=2>In a message dated 07/05/2001 12:17:44 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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<BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">. Are you maintaining that
<BR>there was no intermediate matter between the annotated notebook and the
<BR>final published version?
<BR>About the first edition of the Waste Land - are there any true first editions
<BR>out there and how much would a true first edition be worth?</FONT></HTML>