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Meaning two is appropriate.
Meaning one would seem to apply to his psyche rather than his body.
he may indeed be thin but there is nothing
I can see in the poem that says ghe is physically weak.
 
I suppose if one wanted to speculate, essay style, one might
wonder what his mother did to his pyschic orchids.
 
Cheers,
Peter
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From: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">cr mittal
To: [log in to unmask] href="mailto:[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]
Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2006 8:57 PM
Subject: Re: 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'

Hello Peeeeter,
 
I'm speaking from fieeeelds of sleeep.
The sin of language error is heavy on my soul.
Don't you think the usage of 'emasculated'
as good as 'emaciated' here, after all.
Pray, consider Prufrock taking all the
toasts and tea and ice-cream
to muster strength equal to the task.
 
Re...gar..d..s
 
~ CR
 
 
From Dictionary.com:
 
e·mas·cu·late   

tr.v. e·mas·cu·lat·ed, e·mas·cu·lat·ing, e·mas·cu·lates
  1. To castrate.
  2. To deprive of strength or vigor; weaken.

adj. (-lt)
Deprived of virility, strength, or vigor.


Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: cr mittal
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2006 6:49 PM
Subject: Re: 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'

Yes, there's an ironic dimension to this repeated harping on
"Michaelangelo". (The italian sculptor made masculine figures
of enviable virility and strength.) It's an ironic dig at Prufrock's
emasculated body. No wonder, he becomes too self-conscious
and suffers the shame of "wriggling on the wall" like a worm.
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Is that emasculated or ematiated?
P.

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