--- "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Try "T.S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,"
> "All at Sea with T.S.E." by Robert Sward at URL:
> Rick Parker
Ha, what a nice text! I've just read it, and beside an
original approach, it has some very interesting
insights too. I couldn't say it gives a "complete" or
satisfactory interpretation of the poem, but is
something like that possible anyway?
I agree with the author that "Every time I think I
know what Prufrock means it turns out to mean
In addition he says: "Eliot uses too many symbols. Why
doesn't he just say what he means?" I think this point
opens one of the key-problems of understanding poems
in general - the importance of realizing that poetry
isn't something completely translatable to rational
discourse, and that each attempt to make such a
one-to-one translation is in advance condemned to be a
failure. (That should, however, not imply that writing
poetry is something entirely irrational.)
Thank you, Rick, for the link!
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