Some intelligent person (George failed to say whom) in our
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); and part of its richness comes from its disparity from the
poem to which it is attached.
Guido is being punished in a ditch related to fraud
because, presumably, he defrauded himself in buying
into the Pope's penitential strategy. Is that not
parallel to Prufrock's engagements in, or temptations
to engage in delusion?
Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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