I've always worked with the epigraph as though Prufrock were saying that if
anyone cared, he would not reveal any of his thoughts. However, since no one
will really listen to him, he might as well completely reveal himself.
Just one of my thoughts.
"Rickard A. Parker" wrote:
> Steve Pollack wrote:
> > In Prufrock, I believe we see a narrator personally confronting
> > homosexuality, but scared to death about revealing it in general
> > society:
> > "Shall I say, I have gone at dusk through narrow streets
> > And watched the smoke that rises from the pipes
> > Of lonely men in shirt-sleeves, leaning out of windows?..."
> The epigraph also hints at a secret of some sort:
> "If I thought that my reply would be to someone who would ever return
> to earth, this flame would remain without further movement; but as no
> one has ever returned alive from this gulf, if what I hear is true, I
> can answer you with no fear of infamy."
> Rick Parker