I've also always seen the "you and I" as internal, and I agree about
echo chambers. But there is a great deal of early commentary that
defines it in other ways. And I now see it as a specific form of
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Nancy Gish wrote:
> As I discuss this at some length in an article in the book coming out
> next August, I won't detail reasons here, but Eliot said in 1962 that
> Prufrock was partly himself and partly another. And there is a great
> deal in the text and in "Prufrock's Pervigilium" to evoke a reading of
> double self.
I've never read much commentary on the poem, but I guess I've always
more or less taken it for granted that "he" (Prufrock) was talking to
We think of the key, each in his prison
Thinking of the key, each confirms a prison . . . .
Prufrock is locked within himself and neither 'self' will ever return to
I continue to have the impression that practically all of Eliot's poems
are echo chambers.