I've read the three cantos and I have to agree that if any is an
allusion it would be the one with Francesca and Paolo.
I'm mulling over Singleton's claim that the speech of Francesca
alludes to Dido and Aeneas. I can see where both couples can claim
their undoings on fate but I wonder if we shouldn't just see
Francesca's sobbing and telling her story as a borrowing instead of an
allusion. Do you or Singleton have any thoughts on this?
> In other words, for TSE, the sorry fate of women at the hands of men
> is the substance behind those things that "amaze / The troubled
> midnight and the noon's repose."
Well, since posts before mine mention Eliot's lack of female
relationships before the time he composed the poem, I have to wonder
about the amount of personal experience written here compared to what
would be, more simply, a social commentary.