> Nancy Gish wrote:
> There is absolutely no basis for this claim. Who is Prufrock to call
> women sinful? Where in the poem is there any suggestion that that is
> even an issue? What brought on any question of women's sinfulness?
Nancy, anyone who is so obsessed with sinful women that he exposes
himself in public in this way has problems that literary criticism
cannot solve. I would leave him alonge with his obsession. I've seen
worse in books published by university presses, and such books just get
ignored. If I remember correctly, according to Kenneth Burke this was
Marianne Moore's editorialpolicy: Long reviews for good books; shor
reviews for mediocre books, and no review for rally bad books. It more
or less works.
Incidentally, the head upon a platter is almost certainly an allusion
not to Scriptur but to Strauss' Salome. "I will kiss thy mouth, Joachim"
or something like that. Prufrock in his lonely frustration dreams of
being the object of such attentions.