Ken Armstrong wrote:
> > dedication. Second, the epigraph is spoken neither by J Alfred Prufrock
> > (presumably if it were it would not be an epigraph) nor by TS Eliot:
> > instead it is spoken by Guido da Montefeltro, a rather different
> > character (that is if one can call Prufrock a character at all, which I
> > for one would not);
> Why not, Jennifer? Seems pretty clearly to be the main character of
> the poem.
The title isn't "My love song," and while I had never thought of it one
way or another before, one _could_ gloss the title as "What a character
with a name like J. Alfred Prufrock would say to his coy mistress, had
such a character had the courage to speak out loud." I've never cared
for discussions of "Gerontion" that treat Gerontion as a "character,"
and perhaps seeing Prufrock as a character is equally misleading.
"Gerontion" is an echo chamber; perhaps so is "Prufrock."