am 28.9.03 3:14 Uhr schrieb [log in to unmask] unter [log in to unmask]:
> "Faithless" because long-term relationships are based on faith and trust, and
> the narrator is about to violate that. "Light and deft" and "simple" because
> the narrator is no Aeneas, and this breakup is not driven by the Gods telling
> him to be a founder of Rome.
somewhere I have read that the line
"Simple and faithless as a smile or the shake of a hand"
is a literal translation of an excerpt of French poem (I forget its author
-- Verlaine? I'll have to look it up.). It is one more example of TSE's
collage technique, and a sign of his erudition.