J.P. Earls wrote:
> Thanks to Tom and Rick. A bit of the context might be helpful in
> exploring the appropriateness of the dedication. ...
And thanks for the Divine Comedy information J.P.
The quote I sent in was a favorite of Eliot's and the translation of
the quote that I sent in was the one TSE provided us in his Dante
Now can you understand the quality of love that warms me towards you,
so that I forget our vanity, and treat the shadows like the solid
The Dante quote did not appear in the original publication of
'Prufrock and Other Observations' (1917) It first appeared in
'Ara Vos Prec' (1920) showing that Eliot was still missing Verdenal
five years after his death. In 1925 Eliot combined the dedication
and the epigraph to introduce the Prufrock section of his 'Poems.'
* Eliot, T.S. "Dante." 'Selected Essays: New Edition'
New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1950, p. 216