Your reading will change.
There may even come a time when your readings have gone through such a
spectrum of evolution, that mainaining a reading may seem counterproductive.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dunja Seselja" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' was Re: OT: USk Castle
Yes, this poem is definitely multilayered, and allows
many different readings. But for me, the one I
proposed strikes me the most, it catches exactly this
experience I had when I first time read it - some
strange, metaphysical feeling of time and our
finiteness that is hard to put in words and which this
poem presented in such an artistically overwhelming
--- cr mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Quite an interesting reading, Dunja.
> It only shows the multiple levels at which
> this complex poem is amenable to
> ~ CR
> Dunja Seselja <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I think the second aspect of Prufrock's Self CR
> pointed out, doesn't refer to the person who suffers
> because he is searching for the fulfilling love; I
> think the poem isn't about unfulfilled love at all,
> but of the finiteness of our (human) being, that
> something eternal and infinite like love has to fit
> Maybe i'm completely wrong, but I see Prufrock
> suffering from the time and the finiteness that is
> streched over love so that in the end there appears
> the question of sense of it: what's the sense of
> anything if it is condemned to be finite? (-> an
> overwhelming question) And then, what is the sense
> asking this in the unreflected world, completely
> in time, not aware of its finitness? (-> "this is
> it at all...")
> When Prufrock speaks of an overwhelming question, it
> is the time he asks about; when he speaks of
> the universe into a ball, it is the problem of
> understanding our finiteness he has in mind (how can
> finite being like ourselves, understand something
> infinite like a universe?); the same goes for
> "disturbing the universewhe"; when he speaks of
> - it is the trial to make something infinite inspite
> of this destiny, to love, simply to love; when he
> speaks of Lazarus, it is the perspective of someone
> from the other world, someone _out_of_time who can
> judge, see and understand our finiteness; when he
> ironically speaks of wearing his trousers rolled, he
> brings in the idea of fighting with time, getting
> younger; when he mentiones mermaids, he speaks of
> forgeting, forgeting the time (-> Ulysses); when he
> speaks of "human voices", he refers to the
> of finiteness that wakes us up from our unreflective
> life "among the mermaids".
> We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
> By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
> Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
> (Maybe I'm just too influenced by the
> of the poem offered in the film "Till Human Voices
> Wake Us", as it speaks of love captured within the
> particular timeframe, which suddenly comes back
> in an almost super-natural way; but maybe, on the
> other side, this is why this film is so great -
> in this seeing of the poem - time and finiteness -
> poem tuches such a strong and shaking topic)
> --- cr mittal wrote:
> > In this internal monologue, I find there're two
> > selves of Prufrock, two voices of his self:
> > a) one which is prophetic, which sees through the
> > nature of "desire" (in terms of fog/cat image),
> > which sees through the veneer of things, and which
> > is constantly cautioning him of the futility of
> > enterprize etc.
> > b) which is of a suffering self, timid, too
> > self-conscious of his weaknesses
> > and failures, but yet seeking a fulfilling
> > relationship of love -- I should have been a pair
> > ragged claws, I am no prophet, I'm not prince
> > Hamlet, I have seen/heard the mermaids, they will
> > not sing to me etc.
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