Sara -- Excellent! -- As I'm sure you know, TSE later praised Chaucer (I think in the Clark Lectures, 1926). The chin-pin seems deliberate. I once found another similar parallel with the "Sidney/kidney" rhyme in "A Cooking Egg." -- Jim
From: Sara Trevisan [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wed 24-Sep-03 6:21 PM
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Subject: Prufrock and Chaucer
As I was reading Chaucer's _Canterbury Tales_, I was amazed at realising how two lines in the Monk's description in the prologue actually reminded me about Prufrock:
And, for to festne his hood under his chin,
He had of gold y-wrought a curious pin.
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin—
sounds much like it to me, though Prufrock's pin is neither curious nor made of gold...