Among other things, one could also perhaps look at the lines vis-a-vis a certain impoverishment of life brought about by the erosion of "tradition" -- an erosion that Eliot's critical and creative oeuvre laments.
--- On Mon, 5/31/10, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The lines certainly make an impression.
> Something like a seen from the Great Depression.
> Perhaps a foreshadowing thereof.
> ----- Original Message
> From: Chokh Raj
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> Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2010 6:42 AM
> Subject: Re: a poetic reflection
> "The dripping plastered houses stand
> Like mendicants without regrets
> For unpaid debts
> Hand in pocket, undecided,
> Indifferent if derided."
> The lines deserve to stand at the head of Eliot's pre-Conversion
> poetry up to The Hollow Men. I hope you've enjoyed the
> ramifications of each phrase.
> --- On Thu, 5/27/10, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> //A funtabulous fusion of hilarity and seriousness, Eliot's lines from 'Fourth Caprice in Montparnasse' deserve to stand at the head of "Prufrock and Other Observations" //
> -- an acid comment on what Vincent Sherry calls //"[the] underside of
> urban modernity"//