From: "George Carless" <[log in to unmask]>
> >On Sat, Apr 29, 2006 at 06:27:19PM -0700, Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > So who is the "you" to whom he is talking?
> I didn't mean to leave this one hanging: the real world has been calling.
> But a gloss that makes "you" and "I" the same person--Prufrock
> the otherwise gramatically difficult "I" make a little more sense,
> by drawing the reader's attention to the "I" and its awkwardness. It's a
> more interesting than if the line had just been "let me go, then", and
> there's an ambiguity which wouldn't exist were the line "let us go, then,
> and me"...
It comes right after the epigraph which presents Dante in the company of
Virgil - the lesser poet being led by the greater. The parallel of the
I as the writer (leader/creator of the expedition/experience) of the poem,
and the you as the reader (recreator of the experience) is interesting.