Nancy Gish wrote:
> Why do you ignore the fact that the word does not mean "persona" in
CR says explicitly "*a person who could/would/might..." etc. Do
you see it? "Persona" he uses in reference to Prufrock. Can we not say
Prufrock is a persona? "One can visualize," not
"one can confirm that"...it is as legitimate a way of grasping (at)
Eliot's poetry as any.
> and that Eliot did not use that epigraph when he first wrote the
> poem? It was not, chronologically, a starting point: the poem was
> written with a different epigraph. So it is not clear what point you
> are making.
> >>> Chokh Raj 02/02/10 10:00 PM >>>
> Words that struck a chord in Eliot
> One can visualize Eliot reflect on Montefeltro's words and make them
> into a starting point for a confessional monologue of * (conversely)
> never return to the world* -- a persona that lives out this philosophy
> of indifference to "the world" not just in 'Prufrock' but in the rest
> of Eliot's poetry.
> --- On *Mon, 2/1/10, Chokh Raj /<[log in to unmask]>/* wrote:
> Peter, going by Eliot's habits of mind (ref. Southam), the
> epigraph may have provided him with a clue, the
> all-important starting point, for conceiving this dramatic
> monologue as a disguised mode of confession [a la Montefeltro in
> Inferno] -- putting on the persona of a middle aged man. Apart
> from what "persona" denotes in the epigraph, it could
> easily suggest to Eliot the technique of "persona" as a masque
> for a character other than the poet himself.
> Thanks & regards,
> --- On *Mon, 2/1/10, Peter Montgomery /<venture_v@TELUS...NET>/*
> Let us not over look Dante's use of the word PERSONA in
> Eliot's epigraph
> of the poem.